Where expectations are high, we tend to rise to meet them. Where expectations are low, we tend to drop our expectations to meet the lowered ones. Paraphrased from Do the Hard Things, Alex and Brett Harris
I began meditating on this quote last night, but did not take it to heart!
A simple illustration is I have missed Bible Study three times in a row, twice because of life circumstances. Yesterday my car wouldn’t start so last night my husband charged my car battery and we took it to the shop. I e-mail my Bible Study friends and tell them I will need a ride in the morning, call if they can. Now the wise thing is to go to bed, get up early and prepare with the expectation that if someone will call I will be ready. But I thought about 10 well I might not hear from anyone so I can stay up late and sleep in. So this morning I get two calls from friends willing to make sure I get a ride-but I’m still in the bed, no way I can get ready! So I miss the blessing of studying God’s word with others and fellowshiping.
Well, sometimes we must fail for God to teach us a truth. And God can definitely redeem a day he has given me to stay home- study his word, write, exercise, catch up on housework to be ready for the days I am out all day. Definitely don’t get despondent that I missed the boat this morning so give up-that applies to so many situations, whether it’s a small thing like missing out on a morning Bible Study group or something big like missed opportunities such as broken relationships, not getting in what you thought was the right school or not landing what you thought was the right job. we must think of another quote I read recently,”When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us”, Alexander Graham Bell.
The God who can redeem all things can redeem even the smallest disappointments and weaknesses. Redeem the day!