Carly Simon sang of ‘Anticipation’. Time Life includes her classic in their ‘unforgettable songs’ collection, but it’s so true that ‘Anticipation’ is making me wait.
But is not making me late! God’s timing is perfect!
Back in the mid-70s, God placed a call on my husband’s life–which meant it weighed on my own since we were one in the sight of God. Anticipation immediately came into play. We’ve been waiting, anticipating for nigh onto forty-five+ years now for Him to release us into the calling, our service in His Kingdom.
Oh, to be sure, He’s used us in the interim. All these years have not passed for naught. We have committed our works unto Him, and He has assuredly established our thoughts as His Word promises. He has used us to advance His Kingdom with our writing as we seek to bring Him glory.
Nine years ago, He moved us to Red River County in far NE Texas form the DFW Metroplex. We knew no one here. We had no job waiting here, no source of income, and we were fully responsible for four grandsons at the time. But we had our faith. We had our assurance that Almighty God would provide. And He surely did.
Now, my anticipation included a glorious revival in a matter of weeks, thinking He brought us to Clarksville, Texas for this purpose. Nine years later, I find the song lyrics true. My anticipation has definitely kept me waiting–almost ten years! On top of the first thirty+!
In January, the last two of the four grandsons we’ve been rearing fourteen years left for the ‘Big City’ where their parents and other grandparents live. This is the first time since Ron and I were nineteen that we haven’t had children in our home.
Can I admit we are so blessed without condemnation? We do miss our boys, but . . . We also LOVE it being just the two of us. An empty nest. A new season. ‘Anticipation’ rose again! It’s definitely a new season in our lives.
But still, I’m waiting—for His release, for His Will, for His LIFE to be infused into the work of our hands. We don’t want it in our time, that won’t produce Life. It has to be in His perfect time. I do wonder if Moses ever thought he was getting too old.
Back in the 70s when God gave us a vision, I thought it would surely come right away. Of course, it did not. Forty-plus years later, I STILL am ‘anticipating’ the glorious move of His Holy Spirit. Now, though, I know enough to know that however long it takes, I will wait.
Without His Holy Spirit, there is no Life. I do not want to step out in the flesh and miss His perfect will and that ‘Life’ He offers!
How long will it keep me waiting? Am I alone or are you waiting, too?
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