“If life looks like you expected it to look, then you’re doing something wrong” – that’s the thought that came to mind while I was blanching tomatoes the other day.
Today I’m 59 and Friday, I will celebrate 38 years with my Forever Man.
I’m throwing My Plan Book out the window.
My expectations? Just a drop in the bucket compared to what He’s planned. Those dreams? They’re just shadows of His plans!
Nothing in my life has met my expectations. Because of God, they have exceeded my expectations.
I’m the Oliver Twist in a Faith Story who was brave enough one day to carry the soul bowl of myself to Him and ask, “Can I have some more, Sir.”
I don’t know how much more He has – but it’s more than I can imagine. Just when I think I’m filled to the brim, I realize there’s room in my soul for more – more growth, more ability to love, more room to love, more to learn.
Is life perfect? Of course not. But God is perfecting me through each challenge, each heart ache, each mistake that puts a dent in the important stuff.
Letting go of my Expectations to Live in Expectation of His Plan? I don’t know what it will look like, what it will feel like. I don’t know if I’ll have more time to sit long and read much. I don’t know what the answer will look like to all my prayers sent out, but I know His answer will be better than anything I could come up with. No – I’m throwing all my expectations out the window to live in Expectation of The One Who Guides me on My Journey – because it’s the journey that’s so important.
God had more
For you and me
Than we know.
It’s all about the journey with my King, my Father, My Creator – it’s about finding
the snug spot under His wing,
refreshing in His shadow,
the room He’s prepared in His house
my place at His table
His bottle collection
– and the one with my name
that holds each tear
the paths He wants me to take that seem
too much for me – but He makes a way
straightening them and leveling them
Day by Day,
Year by Year
trust in the Shepherd
who teaches with care
The King who sends His angels
to encamp about and protect me.
my rock, my fortress
No! Life doesn’t look like I expected it would. I must be doing something right! It’s so much better than I imagined!
Remember Me Monday: #48 & Linky
“I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings,
all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God,
his great goodness to the family of Israel—
~ Isaiah 63:7, The Message
In the Old Testament, God repeatedly, quietly and loudly, tells his children, “You have forgotten me!” (Jeremiah 3:32, Ezekiel 22:12, to name a few). It’s a heart cry from a father to a child who has forgotten all the love, all the saving, helping, little and big blessings – and it leaves me stunned when I realize our Father, the creator of the universe, who knows things I cannot begin to fathom, who authors storylines that leave me amazed, delights in all of us so much, He cries out, “Remember Me.”
While every day is a Remember God Day, I am inviting you to join me on Monday mornings to come by and remember what God has done for you, for your family. Maybe God sent a cardinal darting out in front of you, as if to tell you, “I’m here,” or broke a child’s fever after you laid it all down at His feet in a 2 a.m. bedside vigil. Maybe He stood with you in the wait of a prayer sent out, or brought someone you loved to Christ. Maybe He healed your broken heart, gave your courage, or you gave Him your dreams as a love offering only to have Him give them back in an unimaginable way. Maybe God helped you survive to bedtime after a crazy Monday, or forgive yourself for missing it with your kiddos –– Whatever it is, let’s Remember Him. . . in a “Remember Me Monday” love letter.
“My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
Of your salvation all the day long,
Though I know not its measure.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord”
~ Psalm 71:15-16.
Let us delight in Him by telling the stories of what He’s done! If you wrote a blog post remembering what He’s done for you, join the linky. If you didn’t but still want to praise Him for what He’s done – write it in the comment section. Then visit a comment before or after yours! One of the beautiful things about the blogging community is the relationships it builds!
Rules? Write long or short, a list or a story, include photos or not. Just Remember Him and what He has done, and let the gratitude of your heart guide you. Let’s make Monday so Rejoice, that the goodness of God spills into the rest of the week!