Blonde hair draws a lot of attention in certain parts of the world, especially when everyone else has only black or brown. Blonde hair on a cute little girl becomes a show-stopper. My daughter became accustomed to this star-like attention and did not mind it. Where some kids may have cowered, cried, or screamed, she welcomed the cheek pinches and barrage of hand waves, smiles, and most of all, the gifts. Everywhere we went, without fail, she would walk away with a fruit, a candy, toy or little trinket from the shop keepers. All she needed to do was smile back, say hello and pose for a picture. This became so routine that one day, as we prepared to leave the house, she exclaimed, “I wonder what I’ll get today?!”
What would our daily lives be like if we woke each morning with that kind of expectancy? Not a selfish, “gimme”-type expectancy, but one of a child-like faith and knowing that what we ask of our Heavenly Father, He is faithful and just to give it. The Psalmist in Psalm 5 expressed it this way: “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” He had a knowing. He was confident that his Lord was so faithful that while he waited, he was expectant. What he requested was not a matter of “if” it would be answered but more of “when”. There was no questioning in the asking. We can wait patiently and wonder if something will happen. Sometimes we wait and halfway think nothing will. That is not an expectant waiting. An expectant waiting is one that you already know the result. You are just waiting for it to come to pass. As we remember all the times the Lord has been faithful, it should invoke in us a confidence that He will continue to be faithful. This confidence should give us an expectancy to each day where we can step outside our door and exclaim, “I wonder what I’ll get today?!”
What is something outlandish that your heart is waiting in expectation for? Are you waiting in expectation or has doubt crept in?
It’s easy to fall into doubt when my prayers aren’t answered in the way or the timeframe I’d like them to be. Those are the times I have to remember that He is faithful and oftentimes remind myself specifically what He has been faithful with. I’m believing for beachfront property big enough to house retreats, rest homes for global workers, a counseling office, house of prayer and classrooms for training...