Expectations— we all have them. We all envision our lives to proceed in a certain way. Sometimes those expectations align themselves with what society and culture have defined as normal or necessary. Once upon a time society decreed that a woman’s place was solely in the home. We also once believed we were not created equal, that some races were inferior to our own. Sadly, there are people that continue to believe in this ridiculous misconception. However, that is not what I want us to consider at the moment. I would like for us to each take a moment to reflect on who we were and where we were a year ago. What were your expectations?

I’ll go first. A year and a day ago, I had just had one of the most exciting days of my life. I was surrounded by magic and beauty; I was in Harry Potter World! I had seen Hogsmeade before, but it was my first time experiencing Diagon Alley. I had such an amazing time with my two girlfriends! (Nikki was studying in the hotel room like a good graduate student). I still remember my birthday wish; I wished that I would get accepted into NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute and Master’s program. That’s when God intervened on my behalf because, after all, He knows best! I did not get accepted into NYU’s summer program and I am so thankful that I didn’t. God decided it was time He answered my December prayer— the one I made in Costa Rica about being ready to fall in love. Turns out the man I had come to care for deeply also got the memo and that is when Andrew and I began our summer romance. Like I said, God knows best and His plans greatly surpassed my expectations. You see, God had something bigger planned for us; something we could never have predicted or imagined. The most important thing to remember is that He has different plans for all of us because we all are unique.

The other half of my wish did come; I was accepted into NYU’s Master’s program. I was accepted the day Andrew and I became a couple. Yes, God is ironic and loves a good laugh! Also, it was on Friday the 13th, which makes it even funnier, for me at least! I had also applied to Pace University as my backup school. Well, my backup became my school of choice and I turned NYU down. I did this not only because of how much more expensive NYU was, but I also wasn’t ready to leave loved ones yet. Additionally, I felt I owed it to myself and Andrew to see where our relationship would lead. Again, God is good! I want to build a life with this incredibly sweet and noble man and grow old together. Cliche, I know, but God knows what He is doing and what my heart truly desires.

What is the takeaway from my story? The point of it all is for all of you to learn to accept that your expectations may not be met. God may have something even greater or more simple planned for you! Do not get upset when things don’t go as expected. Remember what the bible says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Yield your way and your will to His. Trust me, you will not regret it!

“And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

—Romans 8:28


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