Hope, Expectations, and Waiting
by Crystal Bowman
Christmas is wrapped up and neatly tucked away. We are mid-way into the second month of a new year, but the hope that a new year brings is still fresh in our hearts and minds. Maybe you started this year with “this is the year for ______” (fill in the blank). Are you hopeful for a new job, new relationships, better finances, or better health? Is this the year you expect to relocate, earn a degree, or start a family? When we resolve to do a new thing, our human nature desires success. After all, Proverbs 13:12 says that “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Though it’s often possible to achieve our goals with hard work and strategic planning, we may also find ourselves waiting for God’s perfect timing. When things don’t fall into place as we had hoped, and while we wait for our desires to be fulfilled and expectations to be met, we can still live our best lives. We can live with joy and gratitude until our expectations become our reality.
Waiting for God’s perfect timing can be hard and even painful. But during our season of waiting, we can draw closer to God, realizing that His ways are not our ways, but that His ways are always best.
Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award winning author of more than 100 books for children and adults. She is a lyricist for children’s piano music, contributor to Clubhouse Jr. magazine, and presenter at writers’ conferences. Her latest book is Mothers in Waiting—Healing and Hope for Those with Empty Arms. You can find her at www.crystalbowman.com or www.facebook.com/crystal.bowman