Joyful ExpectancyFriday, January 09, 2015
God is never inactive. He is always working out His plan for our lives, in every day and in every moment. When we are anxiously waiting for something, keeping our focus on that one thing, we can become distracted and miss the activity of the Lord all around us. That has happened to me way too many times. So, this year, I am changing the way that I wait.
My focus word for 2015 is “Expectancy”. Our God is a great God and I am expecting great things! The Lord is not a mediocre God, so why have I been expecting mediocre activity from Him? No longer I am going to keep Him in my little man-made, manageable, box. Everything God does is good – everything! Even when something happens that is not pleasant, I know God will use that experience for the good. I have learned this over and over, and yet, I have still tended to look to the future with a bit of trepidation or dread. Well, not any more!
As this year unfolds, I don’t want to simply sit back on my laurels and watch life go by, waiting for some “thing” to happen. I am going to be active as I wait for God’s plan to unfold. While I wait for prayers to be answered, I will look for God’s activity in other areas of my life. While I seek to understand the ways He answers my prayers, I will draw closer to Him. And, as I incline my ear to Him, I will allow Him to grow, shape and lead me.
Last year, my focus word was “Courage”. Through it, God taught me to step out in faith and to fully trust Him. Now, I am going to use those new skills and put them further into action as I wait upon Him with joyful expectancy!