Who would ever guess a life lesson in unmet expectations would come out of one cup of coffee! But it did!
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A Cup of Iced Coffee
I woke up Monday morning absolutely exhausted. I didn’t sleep well the night before and my stomach was upset so I was just extremely tired.
I immediately made myself some iced coffee and grabbed some water and went to sit in my living room.
I always have my coffee and my water in stainless steel tumblers that are exactly the same except for the design on the outside.
So I sat on my reclining sofa and next to my seat are two cup holders. So I placed my coffee in one and my water in the other. I was looking at my phone and grabbed my coffee and took a sip…and I was immediately disgusted!! I had grabbed my water instead.
I LOVE water. Actually, that is an understatement! I am obsessed with water. I have a tumbler of water with me everywhere I go. I cannot get enough of it.Who would ever guess a lesson in unmet expectations would come out of one cup of coffee!Click To Tweet
Yet, when I thought it was coffee, it tasted horrible! The thing I usually love now tasted gross to me because I EXPECTED coffee. And when you expect coffee and get water, your mind immediately processes it as it would as though it were coffee…bad, tasteless coffee.
You see, when we have expectations in life that are met with something other than what we wanted or expected, it can seem unpalatable to us. Even though under any other circumstances we would love what we got, we despise it because it didn’t meet our expectations.When we have expectations in life that are met with something other than what we wanted or expected, it can seem unpalatable to us. We instead despise it because it didn't meet our expectations.Click To Tweet
Life is like that! Marriage is definitely like that!
When we have expectations of people or circumstances that are not met, we could feel disappointment, disgust, anger, even resentment.When we have expectations of people or circumstances that are not met, we could feel disappointment, disgust, anger, even resentment.Click To Tweet
It could be that what we got instead would have been acceptable to us or even made us happy if we hadn’t placed an expectation on it. But because we decided how the outcome should be, it was no longer palatable to us, even if it was good.
An example of this is a wife who has a birthday. She THINKS her husband is going to get her a gift she really wants. She has been dropping hints about it for a long time. And he comes home and instead of the gift she wanted she received a diamond necklace.
The necklace is beautiful and expensive. He spent HOURS picking it out just for her. But she had an expectation of what she wanted and so she looks at this necklace, a necklace that she normally would have loved, with disappointment and maybe even anger at her husband who thought he was getting her the best gift he could.
What expectations are you placing on people or situations that are causing you to not enjoy the blessings you receive?
What expectations are you placing on people or situations that are causing you to not enjoy the blessings you receive?Click To Tweet
What about God?
Are you placing expectations on Him?
Are you expecting Him to answer a prayer the way you want rather than just looking for His will in the situation? Are you looking at His answers, His blessings, with disappointment just because your expectation wasn’t met?
In the process, you could be missing the blessing.
Ask God to reveal to you any expectations that you may be placing on Him or on the people in your life and trust God to meet your needs according to His will…not your own!
What you get may not be what you expected but it will always be the best!Are you placing expectations on God?Click To Tweet
In what ways have you placed expectations on God? Comment below and let me know!
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