Anticipation lifts the heart.
"Paul gives us an astonishing understanding of waiting in Romans, as rendered by Eugene Peterson,"Waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother.We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy." With such motivation, we can wait as we sense God is indeed with us, and at work within us, as he was with Mary as the Child within her grew.
Though the protracted waiting time is often the place of distress, even disillusionment, we are counseled in the book of James to "let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete." Pain, grief, consternation, even despair, need not diminish us. They can augment us by adding to the breadth and depth of our experience, by enriching our spectrum of light and darkness, be keeping us from impulsively jumping into action before the time is ripe, before "the fullness of time." I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his work I hope."
(the above is written by Luci Shaw - God with Us)
Have you been waiting long for something?? Have you given up hope?
God's timing is not our timing. But God's timing is perfect, it is always on time.
Advent reading for Monday: Psalm 25:3-8; Numbers 24:1-17; Matthew 21:23-27
"Oh my Lord, keep me from frustration and impatience when I see little evidence of your living and growing in me. Reassure me that waiting time is not wasted time. That your purposes for us all are large and all-embracing enough to hold firm and prevail, no matter the obstacles or distractions. You have told us that "now is the accepted time...now is the day of salvation." But perhaps your "now" is different from ours. You see our lives from the infinite perspective of eternity, of kairos. We want to see our problems being resolved. Now.
Help us to realize, as those who love and believe in you, that we, too, are pregnant with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, and that day by day we are being enlarged. Augment our hope, widen our imagination, and nourish our anticipation that the astounding fact of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" will turn true in each of us in your good time. Amen."
(prayer by Luci Shaw - God with Us)