I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; Psalm 130:5 ESV
Expectation and waiting are like peanut butter on a piece of bread; It’s hard to separate them even though they are slightly different. Expectation is leaning forward, while waiting is idling with the brakes on.
When Pam was pregnant we read the book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It gave a road map and answered lots of questions about the changes which occur inside a mother’s body while this young child is growing. Understanding what may happen next helps ease the mind and emotions. Little kicks and baby flips invite mom to talk soothingly to the child. Waiting? 36 weeks is 9 months…they told us we have 4 more weeks – that’s 10 months. (I really did not want to wait another 4 weeks). However, the waiting would soon give way to the expected children.
Part of maturing for your children – and many young people – is delaying immediate gratification. Whether it is not eating the snacks before supper or learning to save instead of borrowing or spending, delaying gratification is key to healthy maturity.
This is where we appreciate expectation and waiting. Don’t hurry or minimize the joy of the journey that incorporates waiting. Seasons wait for the earth to revolve around the sun. Fruits and vegetables wait for the plant to be strong enough to support their weight and growth. Speaking of waiting, the gestation period for elephants is nearly 680 days.
Even though you may have experienced disappointment by waiting for something which never came to pass, may God fill you with the joy of hope and expectancy again today. May you sense His presence while you wait. May you have the wisdom to avoid costly shortcuts. May you enjoy the journey of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.
Soon the time will come and the waiting will be over. Your children will be raising their children. May your footprints upon this earth be a guide for those who are following you. May the disrupting pause (life not working like you planned), help you refocus your eyes to the benefit of waiting and expectancy.
Blessings , Love y’all