“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.”
~Psalm 5:3 (NIV).
Expectations are both funny and cruel things. We routinely expect too much, and still at times we expect far too little.
We need balance. But, we also need our plan “B’s” in life.
Many times life simply doesn’t work out as we anticipated it to. We march to the beat of a drummer who’s not always adequately informed or positioned emotionally to withstand the wiles of the day. We say, ‘Oh, not another one of these days!’
And, of course, frustration sets in... for a short time, or a season.
Half of the best life is knowing what we should focus on and the other half is doing it.
It sounds easy when we put it like that but it’s really no more complicated. Prayer is important. For what we continually pray for—that which is good—we will eventually receive.
Having a sort of detachment that allows for a Plan “B” in all our deliberations is a gorgeous concept enshrined in a godly wisdom that’s been known through all the ages—it attends to the laws of life that God constructed... the ones that never change.
Do we ever conceive of the following idea?
“The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”
~Romans 8:19 (TNIV).
This thought has many potential revelations—not the least of which is the spiritual ‘coming of age’ of us who call Jesus our High Priest, our covenant Saviour. We’re now being revealed—and so what do we look like? Creation has her own hopes for what she might see in us; the picture she actually sees, however, is very much up to us and our will to accede to the God-on-High.
The supreme Plan “B” is to wait on God. When we’re routinely doing this and found gladly doing it, we’re right in the lap of his will—at the centre of the great godly divide where nothing of life (or death) can harm us.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.