Expectation – how did you feel when you just read that word? Me personally? A slight cringe with a clinching effect – that’s my first gut-level reaction to the word. It’s amazing to me that one word can have one hundred different reactions. But we use it every day, even when we don’t realize it.
You may not like this thought and want click to another page, but before you do that: maybe our own expectations are a reflection of who we really are… and that ain’t always pretty – oh, snap. Healthy or unhealthy, we take that word, and it becomes a part of who we are until we begin to cull at ourselves and shift focus a bit.
Here’s a thought: What if we had a monumental shift in our expectation and allowed it to become heavenly focused, instead of focused on our own agendas that allow expectations to rabidly feed our egos and emotions? I’m talking to myself here.
The Lord has been dealing with me lately about ‘Me’. This weekend, I found myself in a state of pretty heated frustration, and as I tried to explain it, I realized that ‘me’ was popping up TOO MUCH in the conversation. As I led out on the last song of the evening, the Lord spoke in my spirit so quietly: “Where are you putting your hope? I am all you need…”- that was the good part. The other part, He dropped on me was little more of a discipline word, but that’s another topic 😉
So what about You? Where are you putting your expectation? How do we begin to uproot the expectations we place on others that, more than likely, won’t be met? How do I shift my focus? The Word.
I found myself clinging to these verses:
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Ps 130:5
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. Rom 8:25
We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. Ps 33:20
When we put our expectation in the Lord, we are never forgotten, we are never left hanging, we are never cast down. He may not answer us or meet us like we want, but just like the wind, He will come when we least expect it. THAT is something you can place your expectations on, and you will not be disappointed.