What do you mean waiting works?

It is just a part of life.

Do you really think that we get what we want when we want it?

When our expectation is that we will get what we desire, hope for, or want right when we want it we actually fail to practice belief, anticipation, and joy. Since we live in the world of immediate gratification and our personal gratification is THE expectation, we deny ourselves the opportunity to live into a greater story.

How small would the world and hope be if all one can expect is to receive what one wants in that moment. Thinking that way lacks imagination. Maybe there really is something better for us out there. Maybe if we believed in something bigger than our own desires and wishes we wouldn’t reduce the wonder of creation and God to what we want when we want it.

Believe.

How would it be possible to experience something beyond our wildest dreams if we didn’t anticipate that such dreams¬†really do happen. If we simply anticipate our expectations will be met we can never be surprised by joy when something beyond our wildest dreams occurs. Who wants to live that way? I’d rather wait in the present fully believing and anticipating that God is going to do something beyond our limited imagination.

Anticipate.

When we wait on God fully believing and anticipating that he will do something beyond our wildest dreams we have opportunity to live into a grand story of joy. The unknown; the change; the obstacles; the grief; all along the paths we tread present us an opportunity to be formed into people who fully expect miracles to happen. Before we know it, God just might invite us to be messengers of joy in each others life.

Joy.

What do you mean waiting works? Waiting with belief, anticipation, and joy leads to abundant and unfathomable life and not just a life filled with shallow expectation of immediate gratification.

Inspired by 1 and 2 Samuel (Especially 2 Sam. 1)

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Astonished Waiting: The One About Alternatives

Sermon Question: How is contentment and satisfaction in life possible when our desire for alternatives is insatiable?

Sermon Text: 1 Samuel 17-18

Join us this morning at 11 am at Woodland Heights Baptist Church, Richmond, VA as we continue our sermon series “Astonished Waiting.”

“Dylann Roof’s sentiments seem to echo our passage this week when King Saul felt threatened by David exclaiming, “Now what more can he have but the Kingdom?” Saul’s words are laid bare in Dylann Roof’s actions and at times, in each of our hearts.¬†When we covet imaginary permanence, a life of contentment and satisfaction is near impossible and may even lead to murder.”