Psalms 62:5 KJV
The Hebrew word expectation also means cord, and comes from a root word that includes “to collect, bind together.” Our expectations are that which bind or form us – if my expectation is from God, I can only be formed with good!
This highlights the importance of trusting only on God with our expectations. My human imagination can’t conceive of all the good that God has and is. I must truly only listen to God, moment by moment, for discovering what each moment is. My expectation shapes what I see and experience, and I don’t want this to be subject to circumstance or limit.
How much good am I willing to accept? A story in the Bible (Matthew 20:29-34 KJV) illustrates the importance of right expectation. On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus passes through a valley beyond Jericho. This valley was the setting for his parable of the Good Samaritan, and it was a dangerous place. Thieves hid all along the cliff walls and the pass was treacherous. As Jesus made his way through the valley, two blind men came out of the caves and called to him, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David!” Jesus’ response wasn’t to immediately reach out and restore their sight, though. He asked, “What will ye that I shall do unto you?” Jesus wanted to know what they were seeking – what they were willing to accept. Were they going to ask for money, to continue their limited experience in the valley, but a little better off within those constructs? Were they going to ask to be safe, but still living in the same place? No! They ask to see, and this sight also enables them to move out of the valley and to follow Jesus. True healing always continues to open and broaden the horizon.
In her textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Savior saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.” (page 476, lines 32-4) Jesus only let God, divine Love, inform him of what the possibilities of man were – about the true identity of man. This expectation and immediate acceptance of primary, infinite good gave healing
Our expectation of good never actually limits the good which exists, but if we would see it (be able to live with it) then we must ask to see it. “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NKJV) Healing is our inheritance, immediately and forever given. We are God’s beloved children, and He is always holding us and giving all. “My soul, wait thou only open God.” We only need to listen to His eternal love to find out how truly good this day is.