My Dear Little Faiths, It’s Time to Expect More

So excited to have Jenifer share a piece of what God was doing in her heart through the conference. Here’s one of her reflections from our time at the CRM World Wide Conference:

My head has been spinning with challenges, new ideas, and plenty of questions from our time at the CRM World Wide Conference 2014. One of those challenges came from a short skit that left me going back to those moments over and over again. Maybe it had something to do with the sweet British accent that performed it, but it probably had more to do with what the Holy Spirit had been stirring in my heart for some time. 

‘My dear little faiths, it’s time to expect more,’ was repeated over and over again throughout the skit. 

This skit told the story of another CRM family who had struggled and prayed relentlessly for a long time through a season of trial and challenge, without seeing any change. This season of difficulty continued to drag on and their frustrations began leaking into their prayers. As they continued to pray faithfully and earnestly, God began coming through in miraculous ways. Because of this challenging season, they began to draw near to God in deeper ways than their family had ever before, and they began receiving miraculous responses from God.

‘My dear little faiths, it’s time to expect more.’

This story has caused me to ask more questions about my own expectations of God. What does it mean for me to expect more from God? 

At this point my internal monologue starts getting a little bit out of hand. “ How do I expect more from God without being disappointed? Just how creative can I get with my expectations? And what happens when I ‘try to expect more’ and it doesn’t work?” 

The truth is, I don’t know the answer to these questions. And ultimately, whether my prayers, new expectations or questions see any response big, small or maybe even nothing, it really doesn’t matter. I believe God puts us in the midst of difficulty so that we might draw nearer to Him – He will make himself known, He will respond. But the point isn’t what can I get out of it. The point is Jesus.

No matter what happens or where I end up in this little journey my desire is to experience Jesus. Jesus, who is the Resurrection and the Life. I want to seek and find Jesus, who is the Bread of Life. I want to seek and find Jesus who is Living water and the Light of the World. I want to live and breathe and pray and experience Jesus as though I truly believe who He is from the depths of my soul. I want to see the face of God and to be still with Him.   I want “to know love that surpasses knowledge – that ‘I’ may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. And now to him who is able to immeasurably more than all ‘I’ can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us.” (Ephesians 3:19-20.) I get chills just reading this verse and being reminded of just how powerful our God is. 

This sweet skit ended as though God was talking to me…”I am the light of the world. I am Yahweh. I am the God who does more. Will you be the one who asks?  Will you be the one who imagines? It’s time to expect more.” 

What I expect as I seek God in the midst of my brokenness, my trials, and my life is that I’d experience Jesus more fully than ever before. In ways that are beyond my imagination. When we seek God, we ought to expect to encounter Jesus…every time. 

My dear little faiths, it’s time to expect more.’