Expectation: the act or state of look forward or anticipating
Remember driving for the first time? For me that was over 25 years ago. WOW!!! I still remember getting behind the wheel and putting the car in gear. It was awesome! When I got my permit, I would get the keys to my parents station wagon and drive up and down the driveway (we had a big driveway). I would get 2 trash cans out and practice my parallel parking. Had to be ready for the test! Passed it the first time by the way. Did you?
I was so pumped the day I got my license. It was on my birthday. The day I turned 16. Thought I was the stuff! I started looking for reasons to go somewhere. I would volunteer to go places, just so I could get behind the wheel. My expectation level was through the roof every time I put the key in the ignition.
Then life happened… Got older, got married, had kids, all that cool stuff that comes with life. Somewhere along the way my expectation to get behind the wheel faded. I once had a job that required me to drive all day long. That can be an expectation killer. Now I’m no longer volunteering to drive anywhere. Will gladly let my wife pick up the kids. No big desire to run pick up the milk when we run out… You know what I’m talking about.
Our Spiritual Journey can be much the same if we’re not careful.
If you are a Believer, you probably remember the day you gave your life to Christ. I do! Sitting on my couch watching a Christian television program and I surrendered it all to HIM. Cried like a baby! I started reading The Word of God, praying, and walking with God! It was so cool! My expectation was NUTS! Even as a young man I couldn’t wait to get The Book in my hands, spend time in prayer, and seek HIS face.
Then somewhere along the way life happened again… Things came in. Not bad things, just things. I allowed those things to take away from the time that I use to spend with Him. Don’t get me wrong, I talked to HIM and read HIS Word everyday, but it wasn’t the same. The expectation had faded…
The good thing is I recognized it and I understood that God loved me anyway. So what did I do? First of all I repented. I asked God to rekindle the fire again. To make me hungry! He did just that! My expectation level is through the roof again! I’m looking forward in anticipation to what happens next. I can’t wait to put the key in the ignition, put the car in gear, and see what God has next on this Spiritual Journey that I’m on. I want to hear His voice, see His face and walk in His glory.
If you’re reading this and your expectation level is low…
I pray that you will begin to burn again…
If you’re reading this and you’ve never experienced an expectation for the things of God that I’m talking about.
Don’t wait another day!
Get on board!
Enjoy the ride!
You won’t regret it!