And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.” – Genesis 48:11 ESV
As far as Israel knew, his son had been dead for years. He had no reason to expect to see Joseph’s face again on earth. No reason to hope for a surprise reunion. It would never have even occurred to him to ask for such a thing.
Isn’t that just like God to go above and beyond?
Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “I never expected…”? I know I have.
And I can’t help but wonder what other mysteries I may have missed out on.
You do not have because you do not ask. – James 4:2 ESV
Why don’t we ask? Many times, we fear disappointment. Our longings come from this tender place within us and we fear the damage that another disappointment may cause.
What if we didn’t fear disappointment? What if, instead, we lived boldly unafraid?
Then, we too could say, ” I never expected…and, behold, God…”
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think… – Ephesians 3:20 ESV
What are you not asking for because you fear disappointment?