Expectations

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I like eating at nice places.  I don’t get to do it often as we live in a small town, but the one or two times a year that I get the opportunity, I make the most of it.  Nice restaurants really work hard at creating an experience that makes the diner expect something great.  The lighting, service, dishes, silverware, etc., all play a role in making the food taste even better than it is.  In fact, when I go to a nice place to eat, I plan my whole day around it.  Eat an early breakfast, maybe just a light snack to keep the stomach primed at lunch, then a big dinner!  Even if my stomach is growling around 4, I won't go to McDonalds for a burger, I’ll keep that stomach empty because I know that something good is coming up for dinner.

Expectation needs to be apart of our spiritual lives as well.  I believe that expectation will not only determine what we let into our lives but what we let out of our of lives.  Followers of Jesus can often look at their lives from the perspective that we have to give up so many things to be a “good Christian.”  In reality, we need to have the perspective that giving things up doesn’t mean we have less, but that now, we have room for more! 

The woman with the issue of blood was someone who had no other options in life.  She spent everything she had to get better but her bleeding wouldn’t stop.  According to the Jewish law at that time, she was considered unclean.  No one could touch her or anything else that she touched.  If she sat on a chair, used a utensil, slept in a bed, or did anything else with anything, it was considered unclean.  I can’t imagine the isolation that she must of felt over those 12 years as her friends and family had to separate themselves from her.  But the beautiful thing about this lady is that instead of giving up, she looked up.  She said, “If I can just touch the hem of his clothes, I’ll be healed.”  With no other options, she looked to Jesus.  She had an expectation that she would be healed by touching the Savior.

I don’t know where you are in life today, but don’t give up, look up and expect a miracle!  I love the fact that she spoke her miracle into existence.  In fact, you could say that her expectation framed her miracle.  She said, “If I touch His clothes.”  No one told her what to say, Jesus didn’t tell her what to say.  In simple terms, she made it up, and God honored her faith, met her right where she was in life.  The unclean touched the clean and the unclean was made clean.  Jesus is in the business of making dirty things pure again.  He isn’t intimidated by how filthy we or anyone else is.  I heard Sy Rogers say, “God rather have you dirty than not at all.”  Expect more from God, let expectation frame the miracles in your life.  Remember what Ephesians 3:20 says, 

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

God can always do more in our lives.  Expect something great this year!