It’s a new school year! I won’t say back to school is my favorite time of year, but I do enjoy it. It’s a fresh start, a clean slate. The C I made on that paper last year doesn’t even matter anymore 😊 It’s a new beginning; another chance to grow and create new habits.
As I enter this second and final year of graduate school I’m beyond excited. I mean…I know it’s going to be hectic with 6 classes, a thesis to write, and assistantship hours. But i’m excited because God has been renewing my mind and giving me the sweetest reminders of His faithfulness. One being the rugs and decorations!
With the start of this new school year came a new apartment and of course I was super pumped to decorate. If it isn’t apparent by the design of my blog, my favorite color is pink; and if I had things my way I would paint the walls in my apartment pink, but since that’s not really an option I settled for decorations with accents of pink.
There’s a point to this story, I promise! Just stay with me.
I found this gorgeous shower curtain online with white, pink, and grey shimmery stripes. I absolutely needed it in my life so I bought it! Of course I also needed rugs to match but white rugs were out of the question and I immediately wrote off blush pink rugs because I didn’t think I would be able to find them at the store (and I was trying to get them that day). To make a long story short, I found the blush pink rugs!
I also went to the store with a very broad idea of what I wanted the decor for my room to look like. Scriptures and inspirational quotes…that’s it. Finding words would be easy, but in designs that would match my bedding set….not garunteed. However, I found more than I was looking for. Sure they were scriptures and inspirational quotes, but it was everything that God has been whispering to me all summer in a visible/tangible form. As if He’s like, “you’re going to need these reminders everyday!” It was so happy that day.
Sitting here typing this blog, I can wholeheartedly say I love my new room so much and it happened outside what I what I initially dreamed up. I would’ve just rocked with the gray rugs and whatever inspirational quotes I could find to be honest. To this person reading this like, “girl what, you just got lucky!” Sure this room thing could have all been coincidence or luck…maybe. But even in this small situation i’m reminded that God will always exceed your expectations. He is able to do more than you ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). He doesn’t desire to give you some mediocre gray life. He wants to give you blush pink…His absolute best!!! (that might be relative…but you get what i’m saying!)
In this situation i’m reminded that I shouldn’t limit God by diminishing what I want just because it doesn’t seem attainable. I can think of several situations that i’ve went into with low expectations, but God wanted to do so much more.
In the grand scheme of things I’ve never been one to lower my expectations, but in a year of dissapointment after dissapointment it’s like my faith took a hit. I stopped thinking above and beyond and started thinking, “okay what makes the most sense at this point?” There’s really no trust in God in that. I’ll admit I put Him in a box by lowering my expectations, but He is a limitless God who cannot be contained.
I’m making my way through the old testament now; and chapter after chapter in the first two books I see a reflection of God doing more than was expected.
Genesis. Sarah laughed. She didn’t think she could get pregnant at her age, but God made it possible.
Exodus. The didn’t expect God to come through for them and relieve them from their circumstances. The promised land seemed unattainable, but He did it.
God is faithful. He is above and beyond the average. His way is perfect and He always comes through.
No matter what season you’re in right now, I pray the person reading this will find hope in knowing that God can and will exceed your expectations.