Have you ever tried to put God in a box? You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Well, that’s just nonsense. One cannot put the almighty God in a box!” But isn’t that kind of what we do with our expectations of Him sometimes? We have these ideals in our mind of how and when God should act. We envision His blessings coming in certain form or by certain means. With our human intellect and our human emotions, we create a sort of containment system in our mind of how we think God will or should operate, essentially telling Him, “This is what I want/need, and this is how and when I want You to deliver.” However, this never changes Him; it just leads to disappointment or frustration on our end.
We cannot expect God to operate within the confines of our rigid expectations. He’s too big for that. That’s one of the many things I find so beautiful about having a relationship with Him. And truthfully, I do not think I could revere and worship a God who allowed me to set the parameters for His mode of operation.
I think sometimes we need to remind ourselves of who God is–that His greatness and wisdom far exceeds what we can ever truly comprehend, and that no matter what, He is always good. Maybe He doesn’t always do things the way you think they should be done, but maybe because of His infinite wisdom and love, He knows what is best for you (that’s cliche, yes, but truth, nonetheless). Keeping this in mind and allowing our expectations to be a bit more flexible, we might just find ourselves a little less disappointed, a little less worried, and a lot more grateful and trusting of our Heavenly Father.
” ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ ” declares the Lord. ” ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the shower and bread for the water, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.’ ” Isaiah 55:8-12