birthday.expectations

This is a guest post by Michael Perkins, a fellow blogger and friend. I’ve come to appreciate his ability to see the application of scripture in the small things of life. He authors the site “Untitled” – be sure to add his site your RSS reader.

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Ethan (my son) will turn six on September 17. He is so excited. For the last two months he has been telling me the things that he would like to get. It ranges from a baseball to the moon. Everyday, he asks me, “Dad, how many more days until my birthday?” Ethan’s excitement is contagious. Ethan’s anticipates and expects big things. If I was a jerk I would tell him to drop it. I would tell him not to expect anything. But I’m not a jerk. I love him. I want him to be excited. I want him to expect. I want him to anticipate big things.

Habakkuk 1:5 says, “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”

With the busyness of life it’s easy to get down. It’s easy to become complacent and not expect miraculous things to happen. It’s easy to become distracted. It’s easy to lose hope. I believe that God wants us to expect and anticipate like Ethan has for his birthday. He wants to do the unbelievable. He wants to do the amazing.

Believe.  Hope.  Trust.

What are you expecting or hoping for?

60 thoughts on “birthday.expectations”

  1. I have tendency to focus too much on logic. I have trouble expecting big things because I think too much and try to anticipate all the scenarios. Sometimes I forget what it’s like to be 6 years old and have a Dad that can exceed my expectations. Thanks for the challenge this morning. Want to start expecting some big things…beyond that which I can even ask or think.

  2. I’m a “hybrid” I guess – I have big expectations, but I’m always trying to figure out how to make them happen instead of allowing God to do things the way he wants to do them and in the timing He chooses.

  3. I can’t even begin to imagine all the glory that is to come. I have no way of knowing what tomorrow or even the next minute may bring in my life, for my family, and my friends…

    Galatians 5:5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.

    My expectations for what is to come can be summed up as “Eagerly Waiting and Hoping for Righteousness”.

  4. I am a guy who looks out to the future with great optimism and hope. I expect (because we serve such an awesome God) that He is going to do amazing things – and then I have the same tendency as Herb – I try to figure out how I can move things at the pace and the place I want.

    Thanks Herb and Michael!

    1. Isn’t a natural leadership tendency, Jim? I’m discovering that the call to leadership in His Church often requires destroying natural tendencies that make perfect sense in any other leadership culture.

      1. I think so Herb. I have learned that God does not work the same way in the Bible with people (ie Moses burniing bush, Jacob wrestling with God, I could go on) and that in His Church it is the same way. What works with one church might not work in another. I get caught in trying to get God to work in the church I am at like he is working or has worked in others. I am learning (pretty slowly) that God will work in His way in every circumstance – He dose not need me (that has been freeing).

  5. I’m expecting a radical transformation of our city with more and more people coming to Jesus–marriages restored, addictions overcome, relationships repaired. If I and the other believers here can get out of the way long enough, I know God is going to do even more powerful things! Thanks Michael. It’s easy to get disappointed sometimes, but we need to expect great things from a great God…

    1. Come on Jason! You got me fired up with this comment! This is exactly what I cry out for with my church in our Friday night meetings. I love to see that reflected in the saints in other cities!

  6. This is the second post I’ve read on this topic today. I wonder if Someone is trying to tell me something. Something I desperately need to hear. Thanks for that. 🙂

  7. oh, my…six is wonderful!
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    Herb,

    i like that intro. about michael.
    …appreciate his ability
    to see the application of scripture
    in the small things of life.”

    i also like this about michael.

    To see God working in the “small things”
    is finding His “biggest” work.

    for i believe that God works in the small things
    that the world thinks are not worth looking at.

    under the radar, i like to say.

    ~~~~

    Michael,

    enjoy your son’s birthday 🙂
    if only our hearts could be like
    a six year old’s with a good father.

  8. My grandma, who has gone through a lot (lost her daughter, two son-in-laws, daughter-in-law, two grandsons etc.) and has seen God move in tremendous ways nobody would expect, tells me:

    “Keep your eyes on Jesus and expect everything from Him”.

    Amen.

    By the way He did also great things in my life but have to be reminded of it. So here I go again: thanking Him for all He has done and for all He is going to do.
    Praying the whole day for Jasons village. Don’t ask me why. God knows.

  9. Top notch as always amigo. My struggle is that I know God can do anything so I’m just thankful for what He gives me even if it’s not a “big deal” by worldly standards. I don’t look for the big things when I probably should look more toward the horizon than just the little day to day.

  10. Happy I stopped by here today. The first Wednesday of the month our church joins together for prayer and the message in the post is exactly what we prayed for! God is amazing and so confirming, he confirms in His word and seems to throw it at me by way of blog post as well! Awesome! I’m expecting big things to happen 😉

    Thanks for sharing & God bless!

  11. What if I respond in a completely different way than everyone else?

    What if when God says, “For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told” actually resulted in God allowing something devestating to happen?!

    I think this was preceisly the case for Habakkuk. What God told Habakkuk was that it was going to get worse before it gets better. What if in our eager expectation God says, “You think it’s bad now, just wait…I need you to trust in me even more now because you won’t even be able to understand what is about to happen.”

    This is a sign of trust. We need to trust in God so much. The more intense your relationship with God, the more intensely He asks you to trust Him. You see it all throughout scripture (Abraham, Daniel, Paul, etc.) The beautiful thing about Habakkuk is 3:16-19. Despite receiving alarming news, Habakkuk was still able to sing a song of praise. I pray that God transforms my kids in a way that when I give them bad news, they walk away singing of His praises anyway.

    With all that being said we still serve a God who can do “immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine”, and a God who says “seek and you will find, knock and door will be opened”. I expect and hope for great things for my family, my church, the church. I don’t know how I will respond if God says things will get worse. I havent experienced that yet. I hope I respond like Habakkuk did.

    1. For Habakkuk, the news is welcome – he longed for God to meet out justice, to cleanse and redeem the people – to re-establish their purpose and passion as the nation of priests – Even though there was going to be dire reproof coming by way of the Chaldeans, it was a blessing for Israel. Further in the text, Habakkuk “mourns” for the Chaledeans, for they will be stuck down after their role in God’s redemption is met.

    2. Ryan I’m glad you responded this way because you make some very good points. I was going to give a big long response, but then I just read Herb’s below. I think he hit the nail on the head.

        1. I don’t know, Ryan. The first chapter was him crying to God to do something. His “complaint” after the news, I think was more about making sure the Chaldeans did not prosper after being used as reproof. God said, “Don’t worry – they won’t, and my people will be restored.”

          1. Nonetheless, I love the posture of Habakkuk after he takes issue with God’s toleration of wickedness and His use of the Chaldeans. In 2:1, his soul expresses a spiritual preparation for hearing the word of God within. He assumes the role of a watchman. He sets his mind by quietly entering into himself, and meditating upon the word and testimonies of God. He is actively and earnestly waiting for God’s message.

  12. For the majority of my life, before I met Jesus, I lived with few or very tiny expectations. My philosophy was that if I didn’t expect anything I wouldn’t be disappointed.

    I have learned that God wants much more for me than that.. He wants me dream big, believing He will do big things to glorify His name.

    1. “He will do big things to glorify His name.” – absolutely – I know what you mean – before I was a follower, I didn’t expect anything at all from God.

        1. Yes! How did I never met you here? I have to check you blog. I’m pretty sure i will like it. But I must leave now. I’m back on Monday. Bye bye.

  13. As a artist I think I have the “expectation gene”….it’s something we should nurture and allow the Holy Spirit to breathe through the gift that it is. I try to always “expect” Him to be good…because He is. Great post Bro’ and thanks to Herb for hosting ya today!

  14. Great post! Happy birthday to your little man!

    My new mindset is to expect all that He (and His Word) has promised me…..that my life will not always be easy, there will be pain/disappointment but he promises me that no matter how many setbacks and obstacles, God will always be with me.

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