The tyranny of goals and expectations on top of an uber-full life for months on end has left me overwhelmed, discouraged and tired. Can you relate? Chronically feeling like a failure for not getting it all done, rarely enjoying the ride? From beneath the boulder of expectation, it’s difficult to appreciate the view.
But the first robin of spring arrived last week in the midst of a surprise winter storm. And I can’t get her out of my mind.
When she followed the nudge to move north toward spring, I doubt she expected the sudden blanket of white. Yet she didn’t give up or turn back and go home. She simply accepted what came. Went about plucking up worms from the snow.
I want to live that way.
Then, as if to be sure I didn’t miss the message, a wise friend called to say this: LIFE is an interruption!
After much grappling, I’ve decided to live life a new way. Open. Less guarded. In wonder of what comes. Willing to be delighted. Letting go of my rope around the day.
So yes, we will move forward. Dig deeper when that is required. But let go the tyranny of expectation, trusting God with the sum of each day. We might just live a better life that way.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5
QUESTION: How might you begin to embrace what comes when life is not what you expected? Please share in the Comments.