The More Joyful The Expectancy
I can’t believe this is the case, but today’s post has to do with bed sheets, which I briefly mentioned the other day on instgram. What I love about this topic, is it proves that God can use anything or anyone to get his point across. And yes, that includes speaking to me through bed sheets.
Colby and I got back on Tuesday night from Europe. After all the traveling, I was so excited to be in my own bed. I had already mentioned to Colby before I got home how excited I was to wash our sheets, because there is nothing better than clean sheets and clean sheets after being gone two weeks just sounded like a dream.
Due to the travel, time change and lack of sleep, I felt like a zombie. But, I was still determined to wash our sheets and it was the first thing I did when we got home. Colby removed them from the dryer and as we went to put them on the bed, I realized they were still slightly damp. I thought they just needed an extra 5 minutes in the dryer and then they would be ready for me to sleep on.
But y’all, due to my state of deliriousness, that didn’t happen. Instead, I accidentally put them in the washer. Yes, my slightly damp, already clean sheets were now soaking wet again. It was about 10 minutes later when it hit me, had I put them in the dryer? I yelled to Colby from the shower to check if they were in the washer or dryer and he told me the sad news. The washer it was.
My mishap led us to wait much longer to go to bed. Colby just ended up falling asleep on our mattress pad, but I was determined to stay up and wait for my clean sheets.
Jet lagged. Exhausted. I had been dreaming about this moment for several days. And then the Lord spoke to me.
“That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” Romans 8:24-25, MSG
I love Romans 8, it’s one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, but the Message translation really drives my point here. “The longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”
Let’s think about a piece of dessert sitting in front of you. If you ate it immediately, it would taste good. But if you were forced to sit there for 30 minutes before eating it, surely your mouth would start salivating, your tummy would start growling and your desire for the dessert would increase. Once you were allowed to take a bite, you would probably agree that the dessert tasted a lot better since you had to wait so long before eating it.
Well my sheets situation was the same. Although I was annoyed that I had to wait even longer to go to sleep, do you realize how much better it felt to get in my bed with clean, warm sheets? Not only had it been two weeks but by this point, the additional delay made getting in bed that much better.
“We were given this hope when we were saved. If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:24-25, NLT
Your wait is the same way; as you wait for your breakthrough, joy and expectancy are gaining traction. Even though you are probably more than ready for your wait to be over, just as I was so ready to get in my bed and go to sleep, the joy that will burst forth when your wait does come to an end will be worth it. And, if you are waiting for something significant, way more significant than going to bed, when you receive your breakthrough it’s not only going to impact your life, but also the lives around you.
You might want to cry, scream and roll your eyes during your wait, just like I wanted to do the other night. But for now, follow what Romans 8:24-25 says, and make every effort to demonstrate patience and confidence as you put your hope and trust in Jesus.
Trust that there will be celebration on the other side of your long and exhausting wait. Just like when I was finally able to get in my bed, it was better and cozier than I could have ever asked or imagined, your victory will be much sweeter because of the long wait and hard process you had to face. Seek patience and confidence as you put your hope and trust in Jesus and fully expect he will break through for you.
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