What are our expectations of God? Do we wake every morning with the expectation of seeing Him be obvious in His love for us? Do we think that when we are really good then perhaps we might feel a bit of peace hoping nothing bad will happen or do we truly expect Him to love us unconditionally? Are you the person who thinks God stands far off and controls the "big" things in life but doesn't have time for the little day to day things? - Matthew 10:29-31 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Who knows how many hairs they had this morning? Who knows how many fell out throughout the day? When you brushed your hair as you got ready for the day? Your God does. And this may seem like such a silly thing. Who cares about the number of hairs on my head? He is making a huge point here. He knows us so thoroughly and personally. He cares about us to the point where he is even noticing the number of hairs on our heads.
God is the only one who knows the thoughts He has about us and in Psalm 139:17 it says that His thoughts about us outnumber the sand and in Jeremiah 29:11 He says they are thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us a future and a hope.
Now with this image of God in our minds lets imagine the things we ask of Him. The things we expect from Him and His love. I can remember when I was younger praying for the man who would end up being my husband. I would pray that he would know the Lord. That he would be kept safe. That the Lord would constantly be drawing this husband to be into a stronger relationship with Himself. I would pray that the Lord would be preparing me to be a good wife for him. Then after I would pray these things I would tack onto the end of the prayer a quick "Lord please let him be good looking and tall!" Shhhhhh! It was almost like I whispered this last part in case the Lord didn't love me enough to care about or know the desire of my heart. Of course I wanted my husband to be a godly man but I also wanted him to be cute! Psalm 37:4 says He wants to give you the desires of your heart. I need to keep in mind when I am looking to the Lord in honesty and crying out to Him from the depths of my heart whether in joy or sadness that Matthew 7:9-11 says 9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
My expectations of my Heavenly Father need to be huge. Psalm 72:18 says "Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!" Get that? ONLY and WONDROUS. He only does wondrous things and since He cares so intimately, personally, deeply about us and our lives even to the point of knowing the hairs on our heads then that means in our lives He will only do wondrous things.
These are the thoughts that went through my head this morning while I watched my daughter think too small. I would/will give her anything she desires yet she thought she might settle for less as if this was all she could get...