Thursday, November 10, 2011


Today I am thankful for the gift of anticipation. I don't mean living so far and so extensively in the future that you miss the blessings of today - and the opportunities - but rather that energizing, tummy jumping, little zinging something in your system that you get when something good or exciting is about to happen.

Remember birthdays and Christmases when you were a child and that first squeal-inducing peek at the Christmas loot from Santa?

Remember the first time you got to drive a car -all by yourself?

Remember your first date with that perfect someone?

Remember the interview for that job you really, really wanted?

Remember the day you got married? The day your first child was born?

Remember planning that dream vacation?

None of those things are what we would call spiritual and yet they really are, aren't they? James 1:17 says: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights."
All those things we mentioned above are gifts from God to the children he loves more than life itself. He gave his life for us and I believe that he delights in our pleasure as we enjoy his gifts. 

Anticipation is one of those gifts. The pleasure of planning and saving and plotting and working toward something we want, and then to achieve it, well that is truly a wonderful and amazing gift. 

I want to learn to anticipate God every day. I want to believe so strongly that he is actively at work around me that I wait in excited anticipation to see what he will do. Will you join me in thanking him for the gift of anticipation, and in asking for his favor as we anticipate the moving of his mighty hand each day? 

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