Things happen and we can lose our perspective. It can look like you've lost your hold on things. Circumstances are spinning out of control. Everything you try falls apart. When you don't know what to do, what do you do? We have a choice. We can meet circumstances with expectations that what can go wrong will or ... we can expect a different result. Like the widow who mets Elisha.
This widow was in over her head. Her husband had unexpectedly died and left her in debt. The debt collectors were at her door. All she had was a little bit of oil. A little bit of oil and a Great Big God.
Elisha tells her to go get, borrow and gather every empty vessel she can find. Get as many vessels as possible and take them home. Lock the door and begin to pour your oil. Pour your oil into each one. She follows the instructions and things begin to change. It only takes a little bit of faith and great big expectations.
2 Kings 4: 5-6 MSG
"She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.” He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.” Then the oil stopped."
She told God her needs. She listened to God's reply. She followed God's instructions. She gathered and expected. She believed that God would provide. She expected more than enough. She did not know how much, but she expected abundance. We have to be like this woman. We have to ask, listen, follow instructions and anticipate abundance.
Expect God to show up and things will change. When we anticipate that God will show up, it means that we anticipate something beneficial will happen. Believe for the answer you have been looking for. Believe that good things will happen. When we expect God we can expect abundance. Expect abundance.