The sequence of events in each of our lives has probably brought meaning to that expression. Perhaps early in life we had been warned to avoid high expectations at the risk of being disappointed. The idea; “Don’t get your hopes too high” comes with a warning voiced by Oswald Chambers in his writings as he cautions us to the contrary, when he states emphatically that our problem may be that often we do not expect as much as we should. That. “we expect too little”. His reference,of course, relates to the power and promises of the Lord; and that we might well expect miracles big and small.
Somehow belief is the “game changer”. Our lack of readiness and preparation for that which we do not know can be unsettling. We, in effect, allow for no opening and we lose it. Each opportunity is a teacher where we gain insight and personal growth.
In Luke 12: 32 Jesus said in effect;” Do not be afraid, it is my Fathers pleasure to give you the kingdom. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out. Be dressed for action, and have your lamps lit.”
For those that would yeild to the shallow resolution of “having good luck”, we might caution them to rethink the concept. Good luck is a transient gift with little foundation reserved for lotteries. God’s grace is predictable and constantly in the offering.
In all, I wonder if God really acts “out of the blue” totally unilaterally, or if He does not measure our expectations first? Would not our steps in preparation wholly signify our belief in His power and commitment to us.
In twelve days we will be moving into new quarters in high expectation that the Lord is placing us there for reasons that we do not fully comprehend. We will be among many seniors who have chosen it as perhaps their last transition. While not espousing an underlying “religious conviction” as a private “Senior Living Center”. I believe that He may well view it as an act of preparation for many who are there that have such faith.
We offered our house for sale despite the huge waiting list of people who committed upon one contingency of another. We had no contingencies and signed the agreement to move in June, 1…. period. Our house sold in five days and simultaneously we were move to the top of the list. We already had started packing before any of this. We could have well moved in a week ago.
I believe the Lord has a job for us there. But does He not for all of us who first prepare?