Last week I was humbled to receive the award for first place in the category of devotions at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. Today I’d like to share that devotion with you and hope you’ll be blessed by it as well.
I’d also like to congratulate Cathy Baker for her award winning blog, Fragrant Ink, which can be found at www.cathybaker.org, and Celeste Vaughan for winning in the non-fiction book category. You can find out more of Celeste’s story at www.celestialprescriptions.com.
Expectation is the root of all heartache. ~ William Shakespeare
We excitedly headed toward the mountains, anticipating the delight our three year old daughter, Elise, would experience when we finally arrived at our destination; the Cabbage Patch Doll Hospital.
For weeks we’d been telling her about our upcoming trip. She couldn’t wait to go to the doll hospital, but was more thrilled about seeing those big mountains. Peering ahead through the car window, she anticipated the big reveal. When we finally started entering the base of the mountain and winding our way around the curvy roads, we announced we were now in the mountains.
Elise looked confused as she surveyed the high, sloping hills around us. After a moment of taking it all in, she declared with as much disappointment as she could muster, “Those aren’t mountains! Those are trees!”
Explaining to her that the trees were planted on top of the mountain didn’t console her. She believed we’d lied to her and was mad for a large portion of the trip.
Every time I think about this story I have to laugh. Then I realize I can be a lot like Elise. Many times my expectations don’t line up with God’s plan and I pout with disappointment. Instead of focusing on the better thing He has for me, I only see what could have been and miss the blessing.
Just because the mountains weren’t what Elise expected didn’t make them any less mountains. And when our plans end up not being what we expect, it doesn’t mean God’s fingerprints aren’t all over it. Sometimes He works in ways we’d never imagine. So next time you face disappointment rather than victory, remember, God’s got something better. There really are mountains under those trees.
P.S. Eventually Elise ended up going to college on that very same mountain and she loves it!
When have your expectations brought disappointment?