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Devotional

Is He Here?

by KAY L. EXPECTATION Trust Hope
Is He Here?
"Then I will come closer to your very altar until I come before you, the God of my ecstatic joy! I will praise you with the harp that plays in my heart to you, my God, my magnificent God! Then I will say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged; don’t be disturbed, for I fully expect my Savior-God to break through for me. Then I’ll have plenty of reasons to praise him all over again.” Yes, he is my saving grace!"
Psalms 43:4-5 (TPT)

We’ve all been there. The airport arrival area. It’s such a small space when you think of it, but it encompasses so many emotions. Anticipation and excitement mount as you stand and wait for the arrival doors to open. Passengers start to walk through so you crane your neck, stand on your tip toes, and strain your eyes for a glimpse of a familiar face. You expect your loved one to come walking through the doors at any moment. The wait is unbearable sometimes. The anticipation ever-building with each passing passenger. At each door opening you hold your breath and let it out as another traveler goes by. It’s not who you are waiting for. 


The arrival of a loved one is filled with expectation because you know love, laughter, memories, a piece of “home,” and, dare I say, gifts and treats will follow. All good things are coming once that person gets through the doors! And then your heart skips a beat when you see the familiar smile you’ve been waiting for, maybe a bit jet lagged but happy and full of love nonetheless. 


This is the picture of hopeful expectation we should live in as we wait for God to come through for us. 


Psalm 43:5 in the Passion translation describes it so well. The writer says, “for I fully expect my Savior-God to break through for me…” 


Full expectation. Whatever our circumstances, He will come through. We should be filled with excitement, hope, and a giddiness in our spirit of the good that is about to spring through. We don’t know when or how, but we can expect He will come through those doors at any moment. 


Take courage, friends! He is coming, and oh the joy that comes when He does! Hugs and kisses all around. There is laughter and jumping because the season of waiting is over. At that moment, it does not matter what happens next. We just have a knowing deep down inside that it will be good. Blessings will follow. Direction given. Needs met…and yes, gifts and treats, too!


Closing Prayer
Father, Thank you that you have all good things in store for us. You love to lavish your goodness on us. Give us the patience to wait. Help us to stay vigilant as we seek you out and anticipate your coming. We know you will come through and we are waiting. Amen.
Resources
Movie: The Terminal This is the tale of a man who gets stuck in an airport terminal due to his country’s political turmoil and technicalities. You see his struggles but also how he overcomes them as he is waiting for permission to leave the terminal.
Scripture: Psalm 37:3-7 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Scripture: Psalm 5:3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Song: Take Courage by Kristene DiMarco This is a wonderful song to encourage us all while we wait and reminds us that He’s in the waiting.
Question for Reflection

What do you do to stay strong during the waiting seasons?

Comments
Kay L.
June 22, 2021

I try to remember the promises He has made and remind myself of the times He was faithful. I write out how I’m feeling in a journal so at least some of the anxiety of the waiting gets out.


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