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I think it’s uncanny that here we are smack dab in the middle of 2017 and our #FiveMinuteFriday prompt is the word ‘Expect’.
I chuckled hard and gave a sigh.
*Expect* was my One Word for 2017 and I feel a nudge to give an account of just what God was implying when I had felt the Spirit press this word into my heart six months ago.
I’ll be honest and say right now that I had a very instant, surface, and selfish view of this word. It felt loaded with possibility, blessing, fun surprises, even arrival.
But here we are in June and He has busted open my definition of what to expect from my yearly theme, the nice little tidy box I had encased in it, and then stomped that box to smithereens so I could never put it back, even if I wanted to.
“Expect”, as it turns out, has very little to do with me receiving, and everything to do with Him orchestrating.
Very little to do with things being resolved on my schedule, and everything to do with Him revealing impossible beginnings only He can finish.
Nothing to do with long-awaited answers I had deemed important, but unexpected responses He knew would fix my eyes for the long-term, only on Him.
“Expect to be invited into My higher purpose… and leave your finite purposes behind. Expect to be stretched, tested, grown, shaped for the better. Expect to be invited to be used of I Am. And then expect My glory, My grace, My love to be revealed”Expect has very little to do with me receiving, and everything to do with Him orchestrating. Click To Tweet
And as scary as new territory and journeys and callings can be, one taste of the holiness of this singular word means I can never go back.
So here I am, immersed in things He has initiated, provided, and inspired, things I never saw coming, good things and hard things, but His hand on all of them. Turns out I was supposed to expect for Him to reveal His glorious character, and plan, and His will in ways that would make it clear that the One who is my Savior and King and Creator is unequaled, unrivaled, and undefeatable.
And also, that He would expect something from me.
That He is expecting my willingness to be led, to be the yes He’s waiting for, to make room for Him to be everything, and to stay close, to remain planted in Him even when the way looks impossible and the battle looks dangerous.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not sense it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
Maybe He’s been whispering what He expects of your heart, too?
All this to say, in my personal walk, He has turned this simple word on its head, for the good, and continues to do so for His glory, for His kingdom.
This is the the wonderful beginning of having, what the Word calls, the mind of Christ. And He loves when our expectations are finally aligned with His.
What is God calling you to expect in this next season with Him?
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