Joshua 1:8-9 NLT – 8Study this Book of Instruction continually.  Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.  Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  9This is my command—be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

There are seasons of life in which we anticipate, expect, look forward to, desire, etc. (whatever you choose to call it).  Sometimes those anticipated outcomes do NOT come to fruition.

Did I miss it?  Was I wrong?  What happened?  Actually, “no”, “no”, and “it’s not finished just yet”.

We’ve all had times of feeling “the letdown” of situations or possibilities.  However, God’s ways are so far superior that we sometimes cannot see the single thread that runs through the entire tapestry.  Just because you cannot see the thread doesn’t mean it is not there supporting the other threads that are currently visible.  The thread could reappear in another place at another time.  Yet, there is a possibility that the thread may never become visible again.  This is determined by the creator.

Experience is a requirement before promotion in the kingdom of God.  Experience of relationship, worship, victories, disappointments, joy, sorrow, etc.  Without ALL of these we would be extremely unbalanced.  The Word assures us that it will rain on the just and the unjust.

When it appears expectations are not met, many times we may feel as if a thing has come to an end.  Not so with God.  He doesn’t stop and start things like we do.  (Many of us are great at starting but terrible when it comes to closure.)  God continues on with HIS PLAN for our lives.  The issue we have to deal with is our focus on the seemingly failed opportunity at hand.

When expectations are not met, our responses will determine and dictate the next thing to come, and it will be supported by what was unexpected – a thread of an unmet expectation.

Proverbs 23:15-19 NLT –  15My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice!  16Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.  17Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.  18You will be rewarded for this; your hope (expectation) will not be disappointed.  19My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.”

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