Having a love of mankind, cultures, theology, and philosophy my life’s journey has brought a diversity of people into my life. Years ago, it led me to an audience with a Sufi Master who told me he had a message for me, ” Have No Expectations”
At the time my immediate thought was, “What kinda nonsense message is that? Who is he anyway? Who doesn’t have expectations and how could that be a good thing?” So, I tossed it to the curb. Well, time revealed the meaning of that message and the meaning of Hebrews 13:2 as well ” Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” You see I learned 2 things out of that encounter. 1.) God can and will use whomever He chooses to speak to you. He knows who will have a lasting impact for whatever reason and You may not know or understand that reason at the time. The point is He has given a message for you that edifies and uplifts you, plants good seed within your garden, and those Words given aid in the abundant harvest of His purpose on your life coming to pass. Whoever that messenger is, if it accomplishes these things that is an Angel serving God. It is not about Religion and it’s divisions, it is about the Spirit of God working For and In us. And it is Not our place to pass judgment on How God chooses to touch us or deliver His messages 2.) I can’t tell you how many times in my life since that day, I see more clearly the meaning of that message ” Have No Expectations”. Especially since, in my life, just as in many of yours, I will close myself in a box “Expecting” a specific result if I DO this or “Expecting” something of someone. And most every time, closing myself off like that ends in disappointment or my Fall. Then once again I hear him say; “Remember, Have No Expectations” Finally, I got it ! You see Expectations Limit Us & those we interact with. Expectations have an END. Expectations If not fulfilled the way we want or “expect” them to be fulfilled create more harm than good. Where If we get “out the Box” and choose to walk in “Faith and things Hoped for” ( Romans 8:24: For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. also read Heb. 11:1) You see Hope has No limits, No end. Hope is your continuing on in each moment walking Your journey, your Purpose, striving to Be and Serve in this Life to the Best of your ability having Faith and Hope that All God’s promises will come to pass. All the while knowing and accepting each and every one of us has their own journey to Live & God has messages for them too. We, like Yeshua (Jesus) should continue on in Faith & Hope we will ultimately walk together as ONE. Remembering always Not to fall into expectations in life’s situations nor have or Put expectations on family, friends, & neighbors to Be as We Expect them to Be. Expectations Box In and apply a burden that all to often is to much to bare. Expectation I learned is a form of Judgment and we are called not to judge, after all who can cast that 1st stone ? (Matt: 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged) & (John 8:7 He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.) Yes, over the years those “three” words said by that “who is he anyway?” sure have had an impact on my Understanding of His (God’s) Word, of many situations, and definitely with my fellow man/woman.
So, today my prayer is: that we all walk in Faith and things Hoped for having “no expectations”. That we listen to His Spirit within and to those messages given from without, whether they be family, friends, our neighbor, or sometimes a stranger. Stepping out of our boxes, I pray we Open the door of our hearts seeking Him with all our Heart, Mind, and Soul that His Promises on our lives might be fulfilled. I pray that IF you do toss a message to the curb, sooner than later you Grow in Wisdom and Understanding of the Word(s) given in that moment. In the name of Yeshua (Jesus) AMEN.
One last thing:
By experience I can testify, walking in things Hoped for bears no burden but instead creates a walk where All Things Are Possible..