The Roller Coaster of Expectations

30 Jul

dreamsWhat made the Prom such a disappointment? Was it the lousy food? The sub-par music (Stairway to Heaven? Really?) Was it the itchy wrist-corsage that made me sneeze all night?

Or was it my faulty dreams?

I admit it—I had high expectations for my senior prom, and I was disappointed.

When it comes to dreams, I believe there are three kinds of people in this world:

  1. People who still have dreams and expect them to come true (a.k.a. the young and…not experienced).

  2. People who have dreams but have experienced enough of life to know those dreams are unlikely to come true.

  3. People who have given up on their dreams and expect nothing out of life.

But maybe there’s a fourth option: What about people who’ve surrendered their dreams to Christ, who’ve prayed for His dreams? Do they still experience disappointment? Speaking from experience after a roller coaster of a week, I assure you, they do. But at least now, when that roller coaster track takes me on unexpected turns and dips, I can take my dreams, disappointments, and frustrations to Christ. Life rarely goes the way I expect it to, but God is still on the throne, and He’s in control of where the ride ends up.

How about you? Do you still have dreams? Are they your dreams, or are they Jesus’ dreams for you? How do you know?

~ Robin Patchen

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in devotion, Robin Patchen


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