Release Your Expectations

One very early morning, I woke up desiring to spread some grape jelly that a friend had made on my toast. I searched our pantry and finally found the jar; but because I had not yet put on my glasses, I could not read the label…

As I attempted to spread the jelly on the toast, I found it to be extremely runny, and the taste was strange and far too sweet. With the aid of my glasses, I discovered that the jar was full of honey, not the grape jelly that I desired and expected.

Then I had a “light bulb” moment.

The honey had a wonderful taste; I like honey! Yet because I was expecting the flavor of grape jelly, I found it to be unacceptable—it was not what I had my heart set on. Immediately these thoughts occurred to me:

This is much like our attitudes concerning desires and expectations in connection to our prayers. What we really want is for the Lord to answer them in a way that has an acceptable “taste”; and if the answers do not gel with our expectations, we tend to be disappointed or discouraged.

Psalm 34:8 asks us to “taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.” In application to my situation, the message seemed to say: “Just accept and trust in the answer God gives as the best possible one from your wise, good Father. You will be blessed to witness for yourself that all will be worked by Him for good with perfect timing and in the right manner.”

It is true that we will be blessed when we release our expectations (how we think things should be) in favor of God’s will; and thereby, set ourselves free to accept, benefit from, and rejoice in God’s answer—whatever form it may take.