It was yet another ordinary day for the blind beggar of Jericho. As darkness continued to rule his world, there wasn’t much for him to look forward to. Dawn and dusk made no difference to him. He tuned his ear to hear the birds chirping cheerfully; the melody was interrupted by a sudden burst of revelries. Curiosity got the better of him. He grabbed one of the passer by and asked what the hype was about. “Jesus of Nazareth is in town” he was told.
The blind beggar realized it was not to be another ordinary day after all; it was a day when his destiny would be altered. So he raised his voice to its peak and began shouting “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The throng of people tried to drown his cry; “Be quiet!” they said; but the tenacity of the blind man of Jericho made him to shout even louder, pleading for God’s mercy. His pleas reached Jesus ears; it halted His journey and caused Him to turn around. Jesus ordered the blind man to be brought to Him. “What do you want Me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “Lord, I want to see!” replied the blind man. In an instant his destiny changed as Jesus uttered “receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Brilliant light flooded his sight as he beheld the Son of God and received his miracle!
The above story is from Luke 18:35-43, presented with my own adaptation; in my last post, I shared about how insulating yourself from disappointment by not having expectation robs you of a life worth living. Today, I hope to nudge you lovingly to raise your expectations.
The daily hum and drum of life may have stolen the excitement and curiosity you once felt as a little child. Day in, day out, as you go about another day of routine, boredom may try to claim permanent residency in your life! Drained of all zest and energy, it’s no big surprise that we lose the element of expectancy in our life. However, hope and expectancy are two fundamental wheels that propel the circle of life forward;
The blind man of Jericho despite the odds, EXPECTED Jesus to give him sight;
The lady with the issue of blood for twelve years, EXPECTED to touch Jesus clothes and be made well (Mark 5:25-29);
The Syrophenician woman refusing to accept “No” for an answer, EXPECTED Jesus to deliver her young daughter from an unclean spirit (Mark 7 25-30);
The Centurion who besought the Lord for his servant’s healing, EXPECTED Jesus to speak forth the word and his servant would be healed (Matthew 8:8);
Barren Hannah who poured out her soul before the Lord EXPECTED and asked Jesus to bless her with a child (1 Samuel 1:15-20);
David who stood before Goliath in the name of the Lord of Hosts EXPECTED JESUS to deliver the “mighty Goliath” into his hand with a stone and sling (1 Samuel 17:45-51);
All of them raised their expectations and believed God for the extra-ordinary. They inherited the breakthroughs which they dared to expect. Today, the Lord wants to stir up your expectations. He wants you to fan into flame that long forgotten dream of yours; He wants to resurrect that childhood vigour in you to break from the norm; and if I may, I want to encourage you to break any barrier that restraints you from dreaming; from believing for the impossible; from living a life of expectancy because the Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18)