Thursday, February 22, 2018

Eager anticipation?

On a personal note, listening to the weather forecast when they're saying 3-5 inches of snow TWICE over the next few days is a little like being a Vikings fan going into the playoffs. Too many fizzles have conditioned me to believe every snowstorm is going to choke. Until last week we had bare ground here (and yes, I know, other places not far away got plenty this winter -- doesn't make me feel better, sorry).

My snowshoes have been hanging on the wall all winter, looking down at me with reproach. I'm hopeful they may yet get used this season.

We wait in hope, right?

And to add in a slightly more ponder-worthy aspect to this, I'm reminded of what I read in Oswald Chambers this morning. He wasn't talking about snowstorms, but he did talk about waiting in hope. Here's a quote:

If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means that they are being purified. There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of that will not be fulfilled. One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.

In my particular devotional life, that seemed to pair nicely with the Daily Texts' verse: "Does God speak and then not act? Does he promise and then not fulfill?" from Numbers 23.

So what hopes do you have to entrust to God these days? And how are you doing in that department? It's so easy to get jaded, to get a little hard-hearted when we have to wait for what God has promised. Don't forget that he is faithful. In his measureless love, he hasn't forgotten what he's promised you.

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