by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Last month when Pilot and I traveled to Florida and Louisiana to celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, I discovered what happens when reality and expectations collide, and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty.
I had really high expectations of what our vacation would be like. We’d planned and anticipated this time away for almost a year. We knew where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to see.
We knew we headed to Florida during peak Spring Break traffic, but didn’t realize it would be THAT bad.
We didn’t expect rain and cold to cancel our beach plans.
We didn’t realize how bad an idea driving a 25 foot RV through New Orleans’ narrow streets would be.
We were unaware the KOA we stayed at for three nights was RIGHT next to a railroad track with trains that ran ALL night long and blew their whistles the ENTIRE way.
I also didn’t realize what a sense of humor God has. For you see, on Thursday, March 16, during our trip when my disappointment with the way things were turning out was at a high level, a post I wrote a month earlier went live. The title of the post is “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff“.
I had to laugh.
So, I readjusted my expectations to match the reality.
The traffic was horrendous, but we reached all our destinations safe and sound.
Although we hoped not to need it, we were prepared clothing-wise for cold, rainy beach weather.
When the RV got stuck between two parked cars on a residential street in New Orleans, with cars backed up behind us, a man popped up in one of the parked cars and offered to move his car enough for us to edge by. Only God …
Yes. The train noise made it extremely difficult to sleep, but our site was right next to the laundry facility, making it easy to wash and dry our clothes.
When reality and expectations collide in our lives, we can give in to Satan’s desire to steal our joy and make us grumpy, which I certainly did, or we can take a deep breath, remember God is Sovereign and in control, and press on.
Have you experienced a time in your life when reality and expectations collided?
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I love the Lord, because he listens to my prayers for help. Psalm 116:1 (NCV)
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