For some reason I just can't get past this verse we looked at during are study of the scriptures yesterday (see video on another page of this website). Verse 5 of the third chapter of Acts says "So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them."
The man who was sitting at the gate called Beautiful, begging alms at the place his friends and family always brought him, was expecting something simple, some food, a little bit of money. Instead his feet and ankles were healed and he got so much more than he ever expected. He went from expecting something to "walking, and leaping, and praising God.:
I shared the story yesterday of how we were going to have a second child and I was hoping for a girl, and God said, No, you're going to have a boy, and he is going to be beyond what you ever expected. He is going to have perfect pitch and be gifted on the piano, and he is going to love like you never knew someone could, and he is going to bring you more laughter and joy than you can imagine.
When we truly see what God is doing we realize that in life we have so much more than we ever expected. As we go to the future then, the question is simple, "What are we expecting?" We may be expecting certain things from God, healing, finances, a new house, restore relationships, but in all those things we are simply looking for something for us, that we believe will make things better. What if we change our expectations? What if, instead of expecting something from God, we simply expect God to be God. We may find that the greatness of God far exceeds any simple thing we are expecting.
And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them - walking, leaping, and praising God.