I saw the Lord always before me…. Therefore my heart is glad. Acts 2:25–26, NIV
It’s finally here! I wanted to dance and shout for joy. Instead, I sank onto the new mattress, this treasure I had yearned for after sleepless nights on our old, worn-out mattress. Oh, the promise of rejuvenating sleep and pain-free wake ups. I could almost hear heavenly trumpets rejoicing with me.
I could see it now… This mattress would launch my morning workouts to new levels. My children would arise and call me blessed because good sleep would grant me unending patience. This mattress would change our lives.
Anticipation…what a great gift from our ever-wise God.
Even before I spent a night on my new mattress my spirit was given a lift. And that’s the great thing about anticipating—we can revel at the promise of a desire coming true.
Anticipation is timeless. The ancient Israelites anticipated the coming Messiah. Hannah, Elizabeth and Mary anticipated God’s promises of children (1 Samuel 1:17–20; Luke 1:11–55). David rejoiced in his victory over Goliath before he ever flung the stone (1 Samuel 17:32–50). And we long for perfect eternity with our risen Jesus.
In addition to those big hopes, Jesus gives us reasons to anticipate the little things, like comfy mattresses. We can always look ahead of this moment’s frustrations and find encouragement. Consider the joy of rest after a long day or finding new blooms in the flowerbed or the scent of a new season.
Expect more from this day; expect Jesus to show up.
FAITH STEP: Think of something Jesus wants you to anticipate about tomorrow, believing that your hopes placed in His care will enrich this moment. Memorize Romans 15:7–13 (MSG): “May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!”
Contributed by Erin Keeley Marshall