Doesn't it seem like we spend a ton of time waiting for something we've worked so hard on to come to fruition? We do all this work, and find all of this energy and motivation and we sit back and wait. And then we wait some more.
Maybe like me, you start to get a little impatient which eventually grows into frustration and suddenly you are jumping out of your skin because you just can't wait another minute for "IT" to happen...whatever IT is!
I think sometimes we learn the most while we wait. Whether we wait for a promotion or for our business to take off or even for pounds to drop or a failing relationship to turn around...we wait and we expect.
Expectation.....seems like a harmless enough word but what is really wrapped up in that word? We think of the outcome we want and how it should all turn out. IF ONLY, I got that promotion I could ___________ If only my spouse or child would learn to _____________ life would be so much more peaceful. You get it right? But, what if, in the actual process of going after better things in our lives, looking for things to work out in our own way, we might be missing something even bigger and better?
When we expect a certain outcome we get set up for disappointment, anger and hurt feelings. There is so much at stake when we have expectations and they don't turn out as we hoped. Sadly, we may even lose sight of all we learned in the process of our efforts and we forget that our will, our desires and our thoughts are not everyone else's. Most of all, we forget it may not be God's best for us.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
The lessons we learn in the most frustrating of times are generally the lessons we needed the most AT the time. They have the biggest impact and are the catalyst for change for patience and growth. Somehow our way is, unbelievably, not always the best way. Once I learned to see that, I was able to slow down, see what is really going on and ask God for guidance, for wisdom and for a heart that allows something better to come my way.