It’s so cliché, but it’s so true. “When you least expect it, God will come through!” I don’t know how many times a variation of that phrase has been spoken to me when I’m facing a trial, challenge, or test of some sort in my life. Heck, I’ve probably been on the sharing end of the statement a time or three. And the thing is – time and again, God HAS come through, when I least expected it. But what bothers me is, WHY was I NOT expecting it? I mean, He’s GOD, right? Maybe you can relate. He’s told us through His word over and over again that He cares about the most minute details of our lives, that He’s here for us, and that all we have to do is ask with a faith that doesn’t doubt – and yet – we still let ourselves struggle through the trials, the challenges, and the tests, as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs!
God has really been after me about my level of expectation. He’s given me some object lessons lately to school me on the matter. A simple lesson came when I felt the unction to deviate from my prep one morning, to share Psalm 23:4, “Even through I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” I focused on the word, “through,” as opposed to setting up camp in the valley. I finished the program, and thought nothing of it – didn’t expect anything of it, would be a more accurate assessment. The next morning, Kelly in the office shared a listener email with me that said this person was listening in that moment, and had the occasion that same day to share that thought with a teen in the middle of that dark valley in her life. A more tangible lesson on my expectation came a few weeks ago, when on the way home during a blizzard, the engine blew in our Tahoe. The short version of the story is, God put it on someone’s heart to buy my wife and I a new car! Now, I expected God to help us figure out something in the vehicle department, but I never expected Him to give us a new car with zero debt!? So now it’s a daily discussion that God and I have – where is my expectation? I can tell you this – I’m really trying to keep my expectation stirred up, because I have seen in my life that expectation truly is the breeding ground for miracles! I don’t want to see God move in my life when I least expect it…I want to see God move in my life just as I expected – and I’m fully happy to be in awe when He blows my mind by moving in ways that go even beyond my wildest expectations…and I hope that you’ll be on the journey of high expectations, too!
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