• Heidi J. Smith

Adjusting Expectations

Photo credit to Matheus Bertelli

Cramming the last shoe into the only-space-left next to the suitcases, my husband slammed the trunk closed.

"Please go to the bathroom and load up!" my husband hollered to our kids.

"Oh, do we have to go?" one teen whined, "We won't see our friends for several days."

I double checked the locked doors, turned off the lights and reassured, "It will be fun!"

My husband and I had saved and planned for this trip for months and had envisioned a fun and relaxing time.

But that morning my husband and I disagreed and our kids bickered. A spilled cup of coffee soaked my lap and tears fell as someone got hurt.

Later we experienced the closing of restaurants, theaters, and the snow tubing venue. Our plans changed, and we were all disappointed.

Why are our expectations so different from our reality?

This past week many families had spring break, but the coronavirus restrictions altered many plans.

Churches, schools, and sporting events closed for several weeks. Grocery stories ran out of toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Airports cancelled flights and some states restricted travel.

Our plans change because life is uncertain. And many, including myself, are not sure what to expect in the next few weeks and months.

Will kids resume school or be out until the fall? Will our jobs continue, or will we be sent home? Will there be enough supplies and food? Will I get sick, or will someone I know?

13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-16 NIV

In the craziness of life, circumstances change, but the Lord remains the same.

He knows the beginning and the end. He is our Healer, Helper, Sustainer, and Savior.

We can trust in Him.

We can take comfort that He is in control and that His purpose prevails.

No matter what happens, God is on the throne.

No matter where we go, God sees us and knows all about us.

During our mini vacation, we had a great time even though it didn't go as planned. We enjoyed ice skating instead of tubing and swimming instead of watching a movie.

Are you willing to let go of your expectations? Do you trust God enough to lay them at his feet?

During this uncertain time, we can take comfort that God is in control.

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