The car was packed full with all we needed for a few days of fun! We were so excited to drive to Arizona to surprise my dad for his birthday! It was going to be amazing in every way!
Within moments, our magical trip became a little rocky. Everyone was suddenly in a bad mood. Including me. All my expectations seemed to be traveling sadly opposite of what I had been looking so forward to! That made me even more frustrated. Expectations.
I closed my eyes and prayed as we were driving down the long road to Arizona. I asked Jesus for a new perspective. I looked up to see these words on a billboard, “Expect the Unexpected!” It was an advertisement for a sushi restaurant! I giggled to myself and then I thought, “Wow, that’s exactly what I need to do, I need to expect the unexpected!” I realized at that moment that things aren’t always what they seem and that my ways are so different from His ways. So I decided, “I am expecting God to show up because His ways are always unexpected and just what I need!”
My heart became calm. Driving six hours in a car with two young children wasn’t the best mood-enhancer and yet we survived and I stopped striving for my dream of a perfect, cheerful family. Why would I even expect that in the first place?
I am so thankful that God met me on that desert road and taught me a simple lesson about grace and contentment. And through a billboard, no less! God did show up! We had such a wonderful visit with my dad and step-mom and felt God’s huge blessing and provision the whole time as they “wined and dined” us!
I look back and laugh at my silly thoughts and how I so often forget how much He cares about and values every little detail of this little mommy-heart. I long for it to be pleasing to Him. I am so in awe of His goodness.
“So, may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before Your eyes, my only Redeemer, my Protector-God.”
Psalm 19:14 TPT
In His GREAT love,