Expectations

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

I am a fairly organized person, I like to make to do lists and check each item as I finish it. I like to plan my menu a week or so in advance. However, sometimes it is pointless and frustrating when I can’t find all the ingredients on my list in one place. That’s how it is in Honduras. Take for example tomato soup. It may be on the shelves one week but then it may disappear for a while. Believe it or not, there have even been times when I’ve gone in for bananas only to be told there are none. Honduras grows enough bananas to supply the entire world and yet there are none on the shelves? I don’t understand that. And I enjoy half and half in my coffee. It’s the one thing I splurge on. Yet I have not found it for what seems like months.

So you see in the case of finding what I need to make the meals I want, it is probably best just to go into the store with low expectations of finding everything that way I am not disappointed. My friend and I were just talking about this the other day. We both love to cook, but sometimes you have to scratch certain recipes from your menu for the reason of not finding the needed ingredients.  I have been known to improvise though…

I think when it comes to people that perhaps it is a good idea to lower expectations of others. We all are human. People let us down. They disappoint us. We in turn disappoint and let others down. But when it comes to God, we surely can have high expectations of him.

Heb 10:23

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope that we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

The definition of Expectation is this:

A strong belief that something will happen or be the case.

I’ve been thinking a lot about expectations lately. God has been speaking a place deep in my heart that I need to raise my expectations. It’s an area of my heart where I often been discouraged and yes even a bit disappointed with God if I were to be completely honest.

You see, I am ill. A lot. These mysterious days come like clockwork every two to three weeks and linger for one to three days. It’s like the flu but not the flu. They are debilitating and when they come I am in bed for the duration. I am weary of them, but because it’s been my reality for the last nine years, I have come to expect them. And sadly I have missed out on a lot of life because of these sick days.  But what if, I were to raise my expectations? Instead of expecting to be sick for an event, what if I changed my mindset to expect to be well that day. What if I were to read and say aloud scriptures on healing? Or believe that, by faith, I am already healed. I mean I have experienced a miraculous healing before, when I was healed of epilepsy as a child.

I have been writing out scriptures about healing for a few weeks now. And while I have had sick days…..they have not been lasting as long!  Instead of lasting a couple days, they have only been lasting half a day. I am believing by faith that one day they will be a thing of the past. I think of the woman in the bible with the issue of blood. (Luke 6) Just by touching Jesus garment she expected to be healed and she was!

I think of a crippled man in the book of Acts. Acts 3:16 Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus name has healed him before your very eyes.

So why is it we expect bad things to happen or things to not turn out?  Or maybe we try to do things on our own and in our own strength, expecting to fail, instead of relying on the Holy Spirit to help us.  Friends….we can TRUST him with our lives, wholly one hundred percent.

Anyway, that is just what the Lord has been speaking to me about the past few weeks.  But perhaps there are areas in your life where God is concerned that you need to raise your expectations.

Ephesians 3:20

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