This is my dog.
This is my dog waiting expectantly.
He sat and watched me eat the entire sandwich.
He watched me with intensity. He didn’t waver one bit in the stare down.
I gave him a bite. How could I not?
His look of complete hope made me smile.
His instinct tells him the closer he sits by me, the more likely things are going to taste really good, really soon.
I want to be that hopeful. I want to trust that good things are going to happen. Not just good things, but the BEST things. Like eternal life with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I want to wait expectantly. I want to sit as close as I can to Him who has promised me an everlasting life, expecting that things are going to taste really good, really soon.
Of course, all spiritual analogies break down on some level. My dog is not sitting there thinking about me one bit. It’s pure instinct on his part to hope I’ll notice his adorable puppy eyes. And that’s where we have to take it a step further, of course.
One of my favorite “Christmas” verses is Luke 2:25: Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
While waiting, he was righteous and devout. He was watching for the Savior that would come. The promise was fulfilled and Simeon was blessed to see it with his own eyes. Simeon is such a beautiful example to us today in his faith, trust and hope in God. As for me? While I await this promise to be fulfilled, I have a job to do in response and in thankfulness to God.
I have laundry, and dishes, and work, and kids to care for, and homework to help with, and bills to pay today…on and on the list goes.
But underneath that all, may my eyes be seeing, may my heart remain devoted to looking for the Lord’s return. May the Holy Spirit nudge me with reminders to watch for what others need, for ways to serve the Lord, for ways to grow in my own faith. May my whole being be filled with expectant hope. Yes, kinda like my dog waiting for a bite.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.