Living in Kentucky we enjoy all the seasons. The spring time is beautiful with the flowers blooming, the summers bring in the hot temperatures for swimming fun, the fall with the bouquet of colors and the winter hopefully with snow. Last night we were expecting by the weather report to wake with several inches of snow. The schools around the area canceled for safety reasons taking precautions in the expectation of snow. It is after two in the afternoon at the time of writing this and guess what? No snow, just a chilling wind with the weather man stating the system had slowed and we wouldn’t be getting inches until night fall. So, the children all around the county are home and bored. My mother even expecting us to come and sleigh ride in her back yard, prepared home-made soup expecting a family gathering. “Where is the snow?” was the question many woke up to this morning as they raced to look out the window. High expectations equal frustration when not met.
Sometimes expectations will let us down but we never must give up to not believing in them. We can hope and look forward to something happening and then when it doesn’t we go through a slew of questions. Some asking the “why” question, “what if” or “how come” always follow. Timing is usually the answer. Just as the weather took a turn, so does our expectations, which include our let downs. We should always have hope and look forward and have those expectations. We can except the best but prepare for the worst, that way we are never caught off guard or frustrated. As for the snow, I am expecting a beautiful white wonderland in my back yard when I wake up in the morning, and of course in the midst of it all, I will grumble about changing my plans at the church for tomorrow morning and reschedule my event.
Prayer: Lord I know you have plans for us and I always want to expect the best. You know what is best for all of us. Let us use the fruit of the spirit when expectation comes and allow you to work in every direction of our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.