Expectations

Hear my prayer, O Lord, answer my plea, because you are faithful to your promises. Don't bring me to trial! For as compared with you, no one is perfect.

My enemies chased and caught me. They have knocked me to the ground. They force me to live in the darkness like those in the grave. I am losing all hope. I am paralyzed with fear.

I remember the glorious miracles you did in days of long ago. I reach out for you. I thirst for you as parched land thirst for rain. Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens; don't turn from me or I shall die. Let me see your kindness to me in the morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for my prayer is sincere. Save me from my enemies. O Lord, I run to you to hide me. Help me to do your will, for you are my God. Lead me in good paths, for your Spirit is good. Psalm 143: 1-10 (TLB)


Heather Tekavec lives in British Columbia, Canada. Usually when she says, "I trust you," what she means is: "I'm counting on you to do what I want or expect," or, "I trust you to get this job done on time," or, "I trust you will pay back what you owe." Naturally, she does the same thing when she talks to God: "I trust you not to let my plane crash," or, "I trust you will heal my friend."

A while back, someone Heather loved had a problem. She prayed and tried to trust God to fix it. It seemed like the right thing to do, but she got a shock one night when that quiet voice in her head said, "Trusting God doesn't mean laying out your expectations and believing God will do what you want. It means laying down your expectations and trusting God." This was a scary yet strangely freeing thought. After all, God knows the future and loves us. Psalm 143:8 doesn't say, "Give me what I want because I trust you." It says, "Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life." David was asking God to show him the way and help him to follow. He entrusted his life to God. If David could truly trust, surely we can too!


Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to lay down our expectations and trust you to do what is best for us, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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