I have this eating trick that’s kind of stupid, but it works for me: whatever I like the least is what I eat first & whatever I like the best, I save for the last, so that I have something to look forward to. There’s a whole psyche that lies behind this strategy, but that’s a story for another day ,)
My point is that I have a plan that helps me to look forward to something that I enjoy. Maybe this is why God created mankind last when God created the world. Perhaps God waits with eager anticipation to get to be with us – waiting for those moments when we turn our attention to God and give some of our time and presence to our Creator. I have this strong conviction that the fundamental purpose that God created us is to have fellowship with God. With this in mind, the fellowship we get to have is sacred, relished and wholly pleasing to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (that’s alot of pleasure!!). God looks forward to getting to be with you today 🙂
When you have something looming in front of you, something that you are almost dreading, it can be a challenging time. For me, I have a few things like this in my life right now, but thankfully God is reminding me about His encouragement in Is 64:4 & how that as I wait on Him, He will give me strength & help me w my focus & heart.
When you’re concerned about something(s) in your future, be sure to keep your eyes on God & to trust Him to walk you through the challenge, one step at a time because He’s very faithful & capable to bring us through 🙂
Looking forward to something is lots of fun! I like to look forward to lots of things: picking up my kids from school, having a family meal together, snowboarding, a good cup of coffee, deep conversations, hanging out with friends, getting to express Jesus’ extravagant & opulent love, dreaming about Jesus, making a pecan pie, reading a good book, . . . . We all have things that we look forward to – maybe your list is similar to my list 🙂
Here’s something I think that God looks forward to: I think He waits with huge & eager anticipation for when we discover Jesus. The reason I think this is because of the whole shepherd experience in announcing Jesus’ birth. If you read through this in Luke 2:8-17, you can see some pretty cool things. First of all, the shepherds were hanging w their sheep in the field at night, generally a dark & quiet time, when they could have all been sleeping. Then there are a couple of “suddenly”s – an angel appearing to the shepherds with glory all around the angel & then heavenly hosts breaking out in praise. These activities certainly interrupted the normal night “quiet & still” – no silent night with these angels! They stirred up the shepherds so much that we read that the shepherds hurried to find out what the angels were all wound up about – why they had busted into their normal routine to make such a grandiose & noisy announcement.
I think God was TOTALLY pumped to interrupt the shepherd’s routine, based on the way the angels were behaving!! Furthermore because God’s character is consistent every day, I think God gets UBER EXCITED to introduce us to Jesus – maybe not even just for the first time. In this season, I’d encourage you to get some still & quiet to give God the opportunity to break into your life – to get you stirred up about Jesus being part of your life & not just a religious introduction or a traditional song about one of holiday’s of the year. Anticipation: God looks forward to getting to be with you 🙂