Anticipation. I think it might just one of the greatest words in my whole vocabulary.
Think about that word for just a moment. Anticipation. Just the word makes you anticipate something! The question is: what?! (grin)
I’ve learned that you can get through a whole lot if you just have something to look forward to in life.
It doesn’t have to be something big. It can be any number of things: a phone call or face-to-face visit with a friend, a vacation, a baby, a new job, a new bloom on the rosebush, or returning home after a trip…anything that makes you smile.
The problem comes when you’re not sure you’ve got anything to look forward to in the future. That’s a big problem. I know quite a few people who think they’re in that category right now. It’s a miserable place to be. I’ve been there, so I know. Please know that I’ll be praying for you.
In the meantime, if you’re one of those people, let me give you just a bit of advice. Actually, whether you are one of those people or NOT, the advice is just as good! In fact, it’s something that can benefit every single person I know.
Are you ready for it?
Here it is: plan something.
Wow. Wasn’t that just brilliant?!
Aren’t you glad you tuned in for that?! You should be. Sometimes the difficult things aren’t really that difficult after all. The main thing is to do something. Anything is better than just sitting there feeling sorry for yourself!
Here’s your challenge for the weekend: Plan something that will make you smile. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a week to accomplish. Plant a bulb or two for spring! Pick a date and invite a friend over for supper! Make a sandwich and go see what the sunset looks like at a lake, a river, a mountain, a state park or a back country road near you. Check out your yard and see how many indicators for Spring you find…and keep checking back every week or so to see how they’re progressing. Seriously! JUST DO SOMETHING that you don’t normally do…and enjoy it.
Make anticipation a normal part of your life…it could make all the difference in the world.
“…I wait expectantly…” Psalm 5:3 (TNIV)
*photos by Becky Childs