I should probably preface this post with the disclaimer that I have not read the book “Great Expectations”… but the title seemed appropriate after the incredible week I have had!
I had the chance to serve as a Youth leader at Passion 2017 last week and it was chalked full of speakers who love Jesus and and brought the Word in a powerful way and music that empowered such a sweet time of worship – all about the cross and Jesus!
I had great expectations for this conference and all that it would entail and to be perfectly honest God just blew them out of the water. It was exhilarating, exhausting, and oh so exciting to see 55,000 18-25 year olds who care so much about what God can do and will do when His people pray!
Beth Moore talked about our purpose and how God takes our dreams and does extraordinary things with them. Sometimes I think my own dreams and plans are quite good…but surrendering those dreams at the foot of the cross allows God to take them to all new heights! I’ve never really studied the context of Ephesians 3 and how it explains the height and depth of God’s love for us right before it says “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think”… Why??? Because He loves us more than we can possibly comprehend! I guess I always thought of those as two separate sections but He wants to do exceedingly abundantly above what we ask or even think of asking for because He loves us higher, deeper, wider, and steeper than we ever thought possible.
I should probably be honest with you all and let you know that I went to Passion with a slight hope (maybe more than slight) and expectation of meeting “my future husband” “the man God has for me” however you want to describe him… and yet I was convicted that my plans-my “great expectations” pale in comparison to that of my Savior who loves me so abundantly. I keep praying for a love story of my own but the reality is that I am already a part of the greatest love story there ever was! Someone said that to me earlier this year and I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes…not because I don’t believe it to be true but because no matter how content I am with where God has me it is still the desire of my heart to meet a man who is completely sold out for Jesus, has a firm foundation in Him and has a heart for people. I can dream all I want but as long as God is writing my story I am confident it will be better than anything I could ever dream up. Stay tuned friends, grab you popcorn, pull up a seat and be prepared for God-sized dreams to unfold!