I Mean, What Did You Expect?
Over the years, I invested a chunk of my savings into a Certificate of Deposit (CD) account. I’m not sure if you are familiar with CDs, but they are high interest accumulating savings tools in which you choose the deposit amount and duration of time you desire. I was specifically interested in this type of account because of the executive decisions I can make. I have a few different CD's that range in amounts and maturation periods. And what I like most is that I know when it will fully mature, and I also know the increased return that I will receive. Essentially, the more money and longer nesting time, the better your outcome.
Then I got to thinking, what if my life was like a CD account? I would love an expected outcome in every aspect of my life – let me go ahead and pre-control my future! In this case, I most definitely would have my desired career, multiple properties, and a man by now 😊. Fortunately, we all know life is not like that. Unlike CD accounts that give us specifications and control, we experience life at the mercy of the unforeseen in most respects.
But also, like CD accounts, we go through maturation stages and changes. Sometimes – or most times for me – those changes are not predictable. And unlike my CDs, where I know how long the process will take and when I can expect my increase. Seasons in our lives often do not reveal the details or expectancy, which is most troubling for a Type A personality (like me).
Waiting for changes and an expected outcome so that we can see the maturation is a real-life struggle. But think, I do not see the day-to-day increase in CD accounts. Yet, I trust that at the end of the process, my return will be as expected.
Although our lives are not like CD accounts, and we cannot choose the outcome we most desire, we can trust that the maturation and shifts in seasons that we go through are indeed growing us. And we can expect an outcome. It may not necessarily be the expected outcome that our flesh desires, but it is one telling of long-suffering and joy and fruitfulness – if we choose to view it that way.
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts, and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
– Jeremiah 29:11