Expectations. If I have learned anything from this season of COVID 19 it’s the power of and trap of expectations. We are in such great and terrible patterns of planning our lives out to the nth degree. We are told that if we start preparing in our early 20’s for when we’re 70 and retired that we’ll look back and pat our younger self on the back. Plans, plans, and more plans. Everything is planned. This creates unhealthy expectations around small insignificant things that are heightened to the point of breaking our heart when they don’t come to fruition and big important plans that, when interrupted, lead us to desperation! We are working towards getting back to normal, but is this is a lie too? Have we spent 3 months suffering from shattered expectations only to rebuild even more dramatic expectations? We have been tragically reminded that no one can predict the future. We don’t know what’s coming next and it may be wise to prepare for what we desire for next but it’s a fools errand to put your trust in those plans. God clearly says something different. Check out Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Let’s keep studying this idea over the next few weeks and look to developing a new, God-centered, normal.