Most of my friends perceive me to be an optimist. Some see me as setting my goals too high, my aim too narrowly on a particular target. Some say things like, “Perhaps you should lower your expectations a little,” if you want to find a life partner or the best work or create a great book or any of a number of goals I have set for myself in recent years. I listen, hopefully hearing them with the love they intended, but then I find myself musing about God. What does He expect of me and what can I expect from Him?
I like the way Psalm 37 advises me. I’m going to quote a bit of it here from Nelson’s The Voice translation to give you an idea of what I mean.
“Believe in the Eternal One, and do what is good–live in the land He provides, roam, and rest in God’s faithfulness. Take great joy in the Eternal One! His gifts are coming, and they are all your heart desires!” (3-4)
I don’t know about you, but I already feel better. If I were to embroider these lines into a pillow and put them on my sofa and read them everyday, I’d have good reason to rejoice. I’d be reminding myself that I am right where God put me, and that He will and does provide for me and that I can take joy in the fact that He knows me so well, that He already has planned for me and He will fulfill the desires of my heart. Wow! I need to walk around with this thought all day today. But let’s go on…
Verse 5 says, “Commit your path to the Eternal One; let Him direct you. Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you.”
I love that. I’m committing my path and my confidence is squarely placed in His hand. That’s not to say, I won’t make the effort, that I won’t do everything I know that He would have me do to listen, to work, to pray, to be part of making His possibilities come together, because I will. I trust that He is directing all my efforts. Isn’t that an incredible thought, a wonderful thought?
Finally, in verse 7 we’re reminded, “Be still. Be patient. Expect the Eternal One to arrive and set things right.”
In the stillness of this early morning light, I find myself expectant, hopeful, ready to receive the gifts only God knows are mine to receive. Ready to wait if that is the next step, ready to act as directed, ready to be just who I am, loved, cared for, totally part of a greater divine plan, set with a purpose to run the race. It’s a great day to be full of joy, to be expectant, to keep believing that the One who loves you, sees you right where you are at this very moment and is clearly with you.
Let’s expect good things from ourselves, from others, and more than anything from God. He has only good things to offer us, only divine ways to direct us, only love as motivation to assist us. Wow, it’s going to be a great day!
Expect more, love more, be more…in Him!