Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point. Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as He decides.I just have to confess that this literally floored me. Yes, I've heard similar statements before. And certainly, I've heard faith-messages preached on this concept. But it always seemed more about what I could do to earn a miracle from God, rather than on His awesome power alone. My part is to expect and to hope. Because, after all, love always hopes.*
So, when I got that unexpected text (that brought me immediately to the thing that I greatly hope for), I had a choice. I could dismiss it, trying to convince myself that none of it mattered anyway (so that I wouldn't have to face any disappointment if nothing resulted). Or, I could allow myself that moment of excitement that said What if? and then turn it over to God in prayer. He knows the plans he has for me,* doesn't he?
In my experience on both sides of the spectrum--jaded cynicism and expectant hope--I have to honestly say that hope feels a heck of a lot better. It may be scarier for a moment, because it's never as easy to be vulnerable and real, but it leaves me in a better place spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Remember what hope deferred does to your heart?* As a mama to five precious beings, I want to be able to allow them to hope also. I don't need to teach them to hope, because children are born dreamers! But I do need to allow them to dream and to hope. The world, with its cynicism, will begin its attempt to crush their dreams at an early age. My job is to train them to persevere in hope. To not delay hope. Watch out world! Because, on the other side of deferred hope, is longing fulfilled. And the Bible declares that a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.*
*Proverbs 13:12; 1 Corinthians 13:7; Jeremiah 29:11
I'm having Coffee For Your Heart today with my friend Holley Gerth