Dancing with Expectation

by Janet Perez Eckles

Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you With My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV

I kissed hubby good-bye. And with white cane in hand, I turned to the clerk behind the airport counter. “I’ll be traveling alone,” I said.

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. But this time, I wasn’t heading to a speaking engagement or to visit a friend. Instead, with anticipation for adventure, I headed to a Christian writer’s conference.

And the first day, while planning to attend events, workshops and networking sessions, one challenge continued to creep up: unable to see my surroundings, how would I maneuver from session to session in that large hotel?

In the private room of my heart, a little worry tried to come in. But God’s Word in Psalm 119:105 silenced that. “My Word will be a lamp to your feet, and a light unto your path” (NIV). How sweet those words. And how reassuring that promise. I didn’t have to know how He would lead. I just knew He would.

His timing would be precise, and His ways perfect.

At the end of a session, I grabbed my white cane, and from nowhere, I heard a sweet voice. “Janet, can I help you get to the next class?” I beamed with gratitude. No matter where I was, that same angelic offer from Lisa, a friend—an angel—came at the precise moment.

During conferences of life, the treasures are often brought about by challenges and even trials. That’s right, adversity was what opened my eyes to see what compassion looks like. Tough moments gave me a glimpse of the features that describe kindness. And moments of uncertainty revealed the certainty of God’s provision.

When my life had been undisturbed by trials, I’d been blind to the beauty of God’s love. To the goodness that often has wings. And sadly, I’ve been deaf to God’s voice that whispers the way.

All that changed. With a new tone of gratitude shining in my soul, and a spirit of thanksgiving swirling in my heart, confidence trickles in. Reassurance repeats: God goes before us, guiding, showing and protecting.

When using the white cane to navigate through life, we might lose our direction. Heartache might jar our senses. Disappointment might bring gloom. And financial crisis might darken our days. But God will send an angel to nudge us and point to His Word: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you With My righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).

The certainty of His word gives a new meaning to each morning. Puts a new song into my days. And with thanksgiving painting my world, I dance with expectation in my soul.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

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Dancing with Expectation – encouragement from Janet Perez Eckles on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

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About the author: Janet Perez Eckles is an international speaker, author and founder of J.C. Empowerment Ministries. Through her books and conference messages, she empowers thousands to overcome fear, conquer worry and live triumphantly.

Janet’s book,  Hola, Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word is a brief Bible study to nudge you to the next level of triumph and joy. It is packed with deep reflections and answers from God’s Word. No matter what you face–disappointment, fear, heartache, shame, insecurity, sorrow–you will say “Hola” to happiness, peace, and the joy for which God created you.

Join the conversation: Is there someone in your life who has expressed love through their service?

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3 thoughts on “Dancing with Expectation

  1. What a beautiful, inspiring devo, Janet.

    I loved: All that changed. With a new tone of gratitude shining in my soul, and a spirit of thanksgiving swirling in my heart, confidence trickles in. Reassurance repeats: God goes before us, guiding, showing and protecting.

    God goes before us, guiding, showing and protecting.

    Thank you for the thoughtful reminder.

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