The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
We live in this world in a constant state of anticipation. Waiting, Hoping for the the next big thing. The lists that we have written down, the dreams we have dreamed, the pictures we have imagined and the people that we want to fulfill them. The problem is that even in all the anticipation, waiting and hoping, if we’re placing all that on earthly things or humans then the disappointment is just around the bend.
I used to tell my kids when things wouldn’t go the way they wanted it to, “Well, welcome to life!”. Regretfully this is a true statement. Because as long as we are still on this earth, there will be disappointment and pain. It’s not until I realize as CS Lewis puts it “I was made for another world.”, I will live in a constant state of disappointment and disillusionment. Because until I fill that hole in the my heart that only can be filled with God, all the hope in the world will leave me disappointed.
St. Augustine said, “We were made for You, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
So now all my Anticipation, Waiting and Hoping will all be without disappointment because God is not done yet and my dreams, hopes and lists will all be fulfilled in Heaven with Him.
But until that day comes, I will live with the Joy that comes from knowing Him and I pray that I will be able to give a “glimmer of hope” to someone on earth so they will realize that He is not done with them either.
Lord, Help me to continue to live with the Hope of Great Anticipation of your arrival! Amen!