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 Hope of New Possibility

I invite you to Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Richmond, VA this morning at 11 am as I kick off a new sermon series titled “Astonished Waiting.”

Message Title: The one about new possibility.

Message Text: 1 Sam 8:4-20; 11:14-15

“You know that feeling when it seems like the world is against you? You ask yourself, ‘How much more can I endure? When will this end?’ You feel like your shoulders can’t get any tighter and your heart can’t beat any faster and you stand at the precipice of despair but simply cry out within your mind because crying out loud will change nothing, ‘Do you even care God how this turns out?’

How often do we wonder if a new future is possible amid bareness that renders us hopeless and bitter?”

When we’re hopeless it’s like we’ll do almost anything to make the emptiness be filled and feel secure. We’ll fill the void with promises and yearning just to have something to hold onto.

Hope you can join us. Here are some specifics about this morning’s message.

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