I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11b, 13
What are your expectations? We all have them. Whether they are physical or emotional, expectations are part of our life. However, so many times we are disappointed, upset and even angry when our expectations are met.
This weekend my husband and I attended a wedding up in Seattle, Washington, the very weekend they were hit with a rare snowstorm. They were overwhelmed with up to 8 inches of snow in some areas, completely shutting down the city. Of course this weather phenomenon worked havoc with all the upcoming wedding plans. They received news that the reception venue might be closed, their florist cancelled, the caterers weren’t sure if they could come, the wedding coordinator and her team didn’t think they could get there and over 50 guests send their regrets.
The wedding party and parents were in a tizzy, trying to find replacements at short notice. Grandparents were in tears as their hearts were breaking for the grandchildren’s stress and disappointment. It was crazy.
We can all understand their angst, but is this how the Lord would have us respond in times of disappointment?
The apostle Paul tells us he has learned to be content whatever the circumstances and he is able to do this through Jesus Christ who gives him strength.
Be content. Be thankful for the gifts your Heavenly Father has already given you. Like the story of the Grinch, when all of the food and gifts were taken from the town, the people still rejoiced in what was most important, the love of family and friends.
And my nephews wedding turned out beautiful, the only item that actually canceled was the florist, and with Costco close by, even that problem was quickly solved.
Save yourself grief and disappointment, lower your expectations. Plan and work hard to accomplish the best, and then relax and be happy with whatever may happen. How do we do this? Only with the help of the Lord. Ask Him to give you a spirit of contentment, no matter the situation.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me be content with whatever may come my way. Help me be thankful for the wonderful gifts you have already given me. I love you Lord. Amen.