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“For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” Galatians 5:5

She stood on her tip-toes, peering through the front window. Her mother asked her what she was doing. “Gran said she is sending me a present. I’m waiting for the delivery van to stop at our driveway.”

“But sometimes it takes a while to get here. Let’s find out when your package will arrive.”

The mom looked up the tracking online and told her young child what day it would arrive.

Even so, her daughter waited by the window. At lunch, the mom asked why her daughter didn’t go play with the dolls she got for Christmas or color in the coloring book she received on her birthday. A friend asked her over to play. She refused.

“It may come early. I’ll stay here.”

If only discovering God’s movement in our lives was as easy as viewing a tracking schedule. If we knew our prayers would be answered at a certain time on a certain day, we wouldn’t need hope. But that is often not how it works, is it? We have to have faith in the promise that God has plans for us, that He loves us and wants the best for us. It is okay to wait with eagerness, as long as we don’t become discouraged if our prayers are not answered immediately or miss the other blessings He bestows in the meantime.

Dearest Lord, let us always place our hope in Your righteousness. Keep us from wishing so much for the things we want that we neglect the things You have given us. Let us always seek Your Spirit, and be thankful for the blessings You have already bestowed upon us. Amen.

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Go ahead. Press your nose at the window with anticipation, but be sure to not become so engrossed in waiting that you discount the blessings He may have already provided in the meantime.

To explore the reasons why God may make us wait, consider reading Between the Window and The Door: Seeking His Purpose in the In between Times.

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