What do you do when people fail to meet your expectations?
I can’t control what others do. I can’t control their reactions.
All I can do is weep for the broken pieces of dreams that lay on the floor waiting to be accepted and swept into a dust pan, then the trash can. God understands. He’s heard me complain often enough. It just didn’t happen. It will never happen. But why should I cry when I am so blessed in many other ways?
Blessings are not to be overlooked just because some of our dreams fizzle. Maybe I wasn’t meant to experience those dreams and maybe it’s not really what I want? How many times have I wished for something that wasn’t good for me or something I didn’t really want, and God in His infinite mercy said no? Too many times to count. Our emotions sweep us away to places God doesn’t really want us to go, and He knows better than us. He can see what the future holds for that decision. For now, it looks like the perfect Currier and Ives picture. It seems like something we want, but the reality may not be like that.
So we must accept what we cannot change. We must move on or forever lament what will not change and fall into anger. Sorrow doesn’t stay long. Anger almost always follows. It’s warm and reassuring and deceiving. Anger can lead us in the wrong direction, whereas acceptance almost always brings us peace, joy and love.
So the gift I want this year is peace, joy and love. And I’ll get it. I get that gift every year because every year God reminds me of all He is in His Word and actions.
Describe your broken dreams and how God saved you from what would have been a mistake.