God has been dealing with me the concept of expectation, so much so, I had to look up the word to become familiar with its foundation so as not to miss out. It is defined as “a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.” There are quite a few points that relate to that in my life. I expect to complete paying off a huge amount of debt in June and then again later in the year. I expect for our daughter to graduate from college in May. I expect that changes on my job will mean a different way of doing our work. I expect my HOA to act in my favor over a matter regarding a tree that has been the bane of our existence over the last four years. These are just a few, tangible things that I am “aware” of and expect God to move on my behalf. Yet, do I have the same expectation for those things that are not as apparent to me – those things that are not associated with a time table – those things that I am completely unaware and perhaps even fearful of? It’s easy to expect the “expected” but it takes faith to expect the unexpected.
Each time I let Diamond outside, no matter in the morning, afternoon, evening or middle of the night, weekday or weekend, she comes inside the house and goes straight to her bowl. Now, we are on a schedule for eating, and she knows it. She eats in the morning and at 6pm. Yet, she goes to the bowl quite frequently throughout the day. Most of the time, its nothing there, but every once in a while the inhabitants of the house slip her a little something. As far as I know, Diamond doesn’t have a personal relationship having accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, but she demonstrates a posture of expectation more readily than I do. When I am overwhelmed, what prevents me from recalling Jeremiah 33:3 when I’m told, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known?” I can expect in those moments to benefit from Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” If I truly believe this, and hide this in my heart, it shouldn’t matter what I come up against, or more appropriately, what comes up against me because God has already told me that, “He’s got me.” As opposed to expecting negativity, I can instead look for and expect God to blow my mind with the fulfillment of all that he has spoken. I expect that if God started a good work in me, he will perform it (Philippians 1:6). I expect that I will be brought to an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). I expect that mountains will be moved into the sea on my behalf (Mark 11:23). I expect that God will supply my every need (Philippians 4:19). I expect that all things are possible for me as a believer (Mark 9:23). Yes, the promises of God regarding expectation are plentiful – and yet, do I walk around looking for them in the same manner as Diamond? Do I exhibit a posture of expectation?
Instead of expecting our coworker to not live up to their half of the project, or for our children not to clean up behind themselves, or our spouse to be late as we prepare to leave the house, or for the person who rarely speaks to you each Sunday to do so – we can instead focus our attention on looking for the promises of God even when we don’t see evidence. You see, Diamond goes to the bowl, each time no matter what. Her sense of smell is unbelievable. She can actually utilize her ability to smell whether or not something is in the bowl, yet she goes anyway! We can stand upon the promises and expectations of God in the Word, and the blessing is in our commitment to look for the manifestation. Each day, we should go looking for the goodness, the grace, the glory, the beauty, the promises, the love of God in everything and everyone. We don’t know the appointed time for the expectations God has ordained to come to fruition, but it may begin with the first leap that we take in faith, believing that he will do what he said! We never know what treat the Master has created just for us!