My personal take on expectations is to hope for the best, but not be surprised by the worst. Somewhere in the middle ground between best and worst is my reality of expectations. I think I am protecting my heart by being wary of allowing myself to believe events will turn out rosy. When disappointments rear their ugly head, I am not devastated, but when everything turns out rosy, I am pleasantly surprised. I do not consider myself either an optimist or pessimist, but instead a realist. My faith is placed in the law of averages and consider good luck superstition. I do not cross my fingers, knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, or even own a horseshoe. There is no such thing as good luck and hard work usually comes with just rewards. Even in a game of chance, the averages will catch up with you if you play long enough.
Even the infamous Bard
Knew the risk of expectations.
It seems quite a few of my married friends are reaching the milestone of 50 years of wedded bliss lately. My heart is warmed and I am thrilled for them--knowing it has not always been easy and they have chosen family over self. Just this past week, my friend, Sandra celebrated her 50th anniversary with all of her children and grandchildren. Her daughter's words tell the truth of what it means for us to stick it out. "Not every family gets to celebrate 50 years of marriage. Thankful and blessed that my parents have set a high standard. Not perfect by any means, but thankful for their example!" I know this family well enough to say it has not always been easy, but they have always held their commitment high. NOW--I know not everyone has marriages that last---I would be counted in that number, but I applaud those who go the course and make it work. We ALL entered marriage with the expectation it would be until death parted us, reality sometimes throws cold water on our great expectations.
SO in what can we have "Great Expectations" and not be disappointed? It would seem anything related to man and this world is at risk of our expectations being dashed. Only God and His perfection can be trusted to always meet our expectations as long as those expectations are based upon the truth of His character as revealed in His Word. If He says He is going to do it, you can count on it! No need to lower your expectations, no need to rely upon chance, instead believe and trust in the reality of Who He Is---THE GREAT I AM! Our Greatest Expectation.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.