The year 2014 has taught me to let go of expectations and just accept what is,
That has proven to be extremely liberating.
I had high expectations about many things going into this year. However, practically nothing happened as I envisioned it would.
In fact, a lot of things went wrong.
There was injustice and frustration.
My heart was broken and there were many tears and some sleepless nights.
Life was mysterious to me in a way it had never been before. There was so much I just didn’t understand.
Eventually, I gave up my need to understand, as well as trying to manage all my expectations and just decided to embrace what was.
I embraced it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. In the proces of doing that, the expectations died a natural death.
I began to count my blessings in the midst of the mess. I simply lived each day as it unfolded.
I chose to trust my heavenly Father’s heart, which is the safest thing we can do, as we have His promise that He can only do good to us and His specialty is turning ashes into beauty.
Life is lighter, even though troubles still exist and many questions remain unanswered.
As I approach a new year, I am not going to let my mind race ahead about how things might go. I will accept what comes and trust that He will supply the grace needed for life in 2015.
Besides…His reality is much better than any expectations I could possibly have.