If you were to ask me one of the top things I have learned about myself it would be that I can have unrealistic expectations.
I know it may seem a little weird that I'm “coming at myself” right now, but you can't help others find their way if you're lying about some of your own obstacles.
From a very young age I had a very sweet, “fairy-tale” view of life. My parents were together back then & didn't let me see their fights, so I thought their marriage was perfect.
My dad was popular in our community & everyone loved me cause I was his cute, smart daughter, so I didn't deal much with bullying and such.
On top of it all I loved God and was told various times that He was going to use me.
Life was pretty much perfect cause it was all going my way.
I didn't know the true weight of the statements & prophecies about God using me. I expected for life to be easier because of that. Boy was I wrong.
If only I had looked at the numerous individuals who’d seen success in the natural and/or spiritual world. I would have seen that nothing comes easy, even when it is from the giver of all things.
Those who seem to have had “overnight success” have a history of a grind that would probably blow your mind. It's not overnight. It's long overdue.
Now, I'm not saying God owes us anything. What I am saying is sometimes when it seems like people are getting something out of nothing they're actually getting double for their trouble.
Look at Joseph. Some may have felt that he came out of nowhere, becoming Egypt's second in command. Little did they know he'd been through betrayal, slavery, & prison, (Genesis 37-41) and he most likely didn't expect it when he had shared the visions he had of his power. However, tests are a part of testimonies.
Life doesn't always give us what we expect and people's stories aren't always what we expect, but at the end of the day it's not about our expectations. It's about His plan, and that is always what is best.
So, know that you may face things that catch you off guard & remember that it is not in vain. Also, do your best to not assume that people are getting off easy in life cause they are a survivor. Look at you.