Expect – Five Minute Friday
For a very long time in my life I would expect everything to be my way.
Twasn’t me, ’twas the Lord! I always told Him, ‘I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect You to lead me,’ an’ He always did. ~ Harriet Tubman
Being the first born my parents expected much from me and I obliged. But I also then felt the same about others. If people didn’t come up to my high standards it bothered me.
When I married 46 years ago I felt my husband should see my needs and respond to them. As I found out that is not possible. My needs are not his problem. They are my problem.
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care for me. I know he does. But it does mean I can’t expect him to see everything my way and do everything my way and when I want it.
Yes I was bossy. My younger sister can attest to that. I loved to rule the roost.
Getting rid of my expectations has helped me to relax, and has turned my world up-side down. Instead of trying to get my way (all the time) I am learning to look to the needs of others. I am learning that it is not about me. It is a slow process.
Jesus said we are “to be poor of spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3).”
I still work on this one. Not only do I try not to expect others to meet my needs I try to not be self-sufficient and meet my own needs.
I know that sounds weird. Why wouldn’t I want to strive to meet my own needs?
But if Christ is living in me I need to look only to Him to look after me. (tweet this)
It’s my expectations that have to change. Others may help me grown spiritually but I don’t need to depend on them. I have Jesus.
Expect: – To look forward, to consider probable or certain
Expect is more than a desire or longing but a knowledge that such a thing will happen.
We can’t expect people – any people to always be on the same page as we are. It’s impossible.
Jesus is the only One that I can expect to be there at all time, through all situations.
Jesus said,”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV).
I did put my trust in Him. He does as He promises – He is there. He listens.
I love the praise song, “Hungry Falling on my knees”-
There is sentence that says I know You satisfy.
Hungry, I come to you
For I know You satisfy
I am empty but I know
Your love does not run dry
Where do you put your expectations?
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