Bekah's Heart, Devotional

Worth Waiting For…

Anticipation.

As we started a sermon series this past weekend on the return of Christ and the end times, I found myself pondering what things I find myself waiting for. Sure there are plenty of “waiting” times… waiting in line… waiting for a phone call… waiting for dinner to be ready or the pot to boil. But I was trying to think of things I await eagerly and with excitement.

One of the best examples I could think of actually occurs quite frequently. It’s a normal Tuesday morning. I’m ready for work… almost. I may still have my lunch to pack or shoes and a coat to put on, but it’s close enough that I add in some quick glances out my front door. The two preschoolers that live next door to me attend preschool at the church where I work. Because I normally go to work around the same time they go to school, most Tuesdays and Thursdays I get the joy of walking to school/work with them and their dad, a teammate at church.

As I make my final preparations to leave for the day, I eagerly await the moment I see the bundles of color and joy come into view. Stepping out on my porch, I never know quite what to expect. Some days it involves joyous screams of “BEKAH!!!” and little feet running up my driveway with hands stretched out for the biggest hug they know how to give. Other times the older one shows me her pretty dress and I get to tell her how beautiful she is or is just buzzing like crazy instead of talking as she shows me her bumble bee umbrella… joy in the midst of rain. The younger one is often distracted by sticks or snow or whatever else in the world may be along our short path to the building… that’s if he’s not falling over. I get to “see how strong” he is as he holds open the door for us at church. I hear about their adventures the day before or the color of the week in preschool. It’s an especially exciting day if I just happen to be wearing that color. I never know what to expect, but it always brings great joy.

And every Tuesday and Thursday I am reminded to also eagerly await another coming. We know it’s going to happen but we don’t know exactly when. We can’t just sit around and do nothing, but we can’t ignore it either. We don’t know exactly what that return of Jesus will be like but we can trust that it will bring us great joy… it’s worth waiting for!

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God-Sighting Saturday, Haiti

God-Sighting Saturday

A new worship song penned by a high school youth boldly asking “Use me, God”! And He does!
God works through people.

Women gathered in a slightly older one’s home. Chocolate chip pancakes and an evening in the Word, in sharing, in tears, in joy.
God gives rest.

Beautiful peach roses delivered amazing new neighbors.
God brings joy.

Staff members gathered in prayer midday, back from Haiti, Colorado, Texas, beyond.
God goes with and God brings back.

Stories from Haiti from two beautiful young women. Passion, joy, excitement.
God makes alive.

A neighbor watching. Staffmates acting.
God protects and provides.

Walking with my neighbor-teammate and his daughter on a morning commute. Pure joy in a three year old’s voice as she tells me about “white” day in preschool.
God in simple things.

Same three year old removes her coat to show off her dress as bystanders tell her she’s beautiful … and she is. I look in her eyes and can tell she really believes it. Silent prayers lifted that she never forgets!
God reminds, we’re beautiful too.

Kari Jobe on repeat singing “I want to sit at your feet, drink from the cup in your hands, lay back against you and breathe, feel your heartbeat. This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand. I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming”. . Sleep comes.
God is near.

Where did you sight God this week?

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