Waiting Expectantly

by Doris Hoover

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3 NIV

When my daughter was still in a crib, she began each day by calling out, “Ma-ma.” I’d peek around her door and say, “Good morning, Sunshine!” At the sound of my voice, her little face would light up and she’d stretch her arms out to me, knowing I’d pick her up and meet her needs.

I cherished her trust in me. Similarly, the Lord cherishes the trust we place in Him. He delights to hear our voices calling out His name. When we stretch our arms toward our Heavenly Father, He always responds to us. In fact, in Isaiah, we read, “Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 NIV) Our God, who has the power and wisdom to oversee everything that happens to us, looks out for our best interests, even though we may not understand how or when He’ll meet our needs. Our part is to call out and then to wait expectantly.

My daughter could be demanding at the start of the day. If she had to wait on me for anything, she grew impatient and fussy, but her cries didn’t rattle me, because I knew what she needed and that I would care for her in the best way possible. I did what I could to satisfy her, but always with maternal wisdom, according to my time frame rather than hers.

We can be a lot like impatient, fussy children demanding immediate fulfillment of our requests. But God knows what we need (not just want) and the perfect time to give it to us. He responds to us with divine wisdom and according to His time frame.

Each morning, David confidently laid his requests before God. “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing…I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:1, 3b NIV) Expectation means knowing assuredly that the Lord hears us and will to the right thing for us in His perfect way and timing.

We see another example of praying in expectation when King Jehoshaphat and all the people stood before the Lord in great distress crying out for help: “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV) The people cried out, knowing with certainty that their prayers did not land on deaf ears. They believed that God was in control of their circumstances.

When we pray with expectation, we humbly acknowledge our vulnerability and our total dependence on the Lord. My baby daughter had that kind of faith in me. David and Jehoshaphat had that kind of faith in God. Each cried out in need, knowing the one they trusted would hear their cries and respond.

I’m still learning to follow their examples.

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doris HooverAbout the author: Doris Hoover lives in Florida, but she also spends time along the coast of Maine. Her passion is discovering God’s messages in nature and sharing them with others. You can visit Doris at captivatedbythecreator.com. 

Doris’ book, Quiet Moments in The Villages, A Treasure Hunt Devotional invites you to step outside to discover the treasures God places around you. Doris Hoover leads you to beautiful places in her home town. Her poetic descriptions and beautiful photography draw you into moments that will stir your heart.

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The Mouse And The Hawk

by Sheri Schofield

My husband and I live near the Continental Divide in the Montana Rocky Mountains. Nature surrounds us. Deer, elk and moose graze on our property, bunnies nibble my flowers, and sometimes the squirrels or chipmunks get a little too curious and try to get into the house. When they do, I give them a gentle scold. “You know you shouldn’t be in here! Go on!” They usually comply.

One morning as I was headed into town on the long dirt road, I spied a hawk and a field mouse. The hawk had missed his first attempt at the mouse, and was hopping toward it, flapping its wings to keep its balance while trying to grab the little mouse with its claws. The mouse was standing on its hind legs, frozen with fear, waving its paws in front of its face.

Being a small person myself, I was definitely on the side of the mouse! I stepped on the gas and aimed the car at the hawk. It saw me coming and reluctantly flew away. The little mouse, still petrified, turned its head, saw the car, and scampered into the brush.

Some days I feel just like that little mouse. Life seems ready to overwhelm me. My fears rear up like that hawk, grabbing at my heart.

I suspect Joshua may have felt like that when standing on the bank of the Jordan River looking ahead to Jericho, that massive fortress first on their path into the land. Yes, his troops had seen some battle. But not much. How would these warriors stack up against the intimidating Canaanites? The Anakim, giant, fierce troops, were part of that enemy population. How would the nation of Israel be able to drive them out?

Earlier, God had told them, Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7, 9 NIV).

But when the Lord gave Joshua the actual battle plan for that city, I’m sure he began to grin as God related it to him. He had full confidence in God’s ability to do what he said, but really– this was going to be incredible!

They marched around Jericho once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day. Then the troops stopped. The priests blew the rams’ horns. The warriors shouted. And those walls fell down flat! Jericho was conquered.

God has a plan for each of his children. We each have ground to hold or fortresses to tackle. We sometimes face giants. On our own, we are like that little mouse trying to fight off a hawk. But when we are doing battle for God’s kingdom and righteousness, he roars to our rescue, setting the enemy on the run. He may test our limits sometimes, but he keeps our souls strong as we keep our eyes on him.

One day at a time, one foot in front of the other, we advance. The task may seem overwhelming. Things may look grim. But the God of Joshua goes before us. Victory comes in his time. The battle belongs to the Lord.

“For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV

sheri schofieldAbout the author: Children’s ministry veteran Sheri Schofield was unexpectedly called on to save her husband’s life, a battle that took her to the Pentagon, Congress, National Security and the President of the United States. At her website, www.SheriSchofield.com, she shares this journey in her book One Step Ahead of the Devil. Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, will be launched June 1. It is designed to help parents lead their children into a saving relationship with Jesus.

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