To quote the sage wisdom from the Friends theme song, “So no one told you life was going to be this way” (clap clap clap clap).
All kidding aside, most people have expectations for how life will go. Maybe it’s to maintain the status quo. Maybe it’s to achieve carefully planned out goals. Maybe it’s a false hope that nothing bad will happen to you – but Jesus says in John 16:33 NLT, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Eventually, these expectations will shatter for most people. A cancer diagnosis comes. A job is lost. A friendship dissolves. A parent dies. I haven’t experienced all of these, but I’ve walked through some of them and have found great comfort in God’s Word and the knowledge that He loves me and has a plan for my life, even when it is not how I thought it would be.
He loves me and nothing is going to change that
Romans 8:38-39 NASB “ For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
He has a plan for my life even when I can’t see it
Psalm 33:11 NIV “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”
I can trust Him even when my life is not turning out like I think it should
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
An excellent resource to read is Lysa TerKeurst’s book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered (affiliate link). I read this book last year and found great encouragement.
Let God’s Word encourage you today!