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Waiting With an Expectant Heart

How often during the process of healing (or while we’re waiting for anything in life) do we feel as though we are going nowhere due to our own expectations? You know all of these thoughts:

 “I should be over this by now.”
” I should be experiencing more of a breakthrough by now.”
“Why am I still dealing with this?”
” I never thought I’d have to wait this long.”
“When will this season of my life finally be over?”

Often, we may even have a loved one who is trying to overcome something in their lives, and we place expectations on how long it should be taking them to overcome their obstacle, as well. These thoughts do nothing but frustrate and defeat us (and them). When we focus more on our expectations rather than focusing on Jesus with an expectant heart, we often feel defeated, frustrated, hopeless and even angry.

We need to be expectantly waiting to see what God will do next.

If I had surgery tomorrow, one of my first questions to my doctor would be, “How long will it take me to heal?” There’s nothing wrong with asking that, of course, but how often do we solely focus on questions like this towards our own emotional healing or other things we are waiting on God for?

We ask God, “How long will it take me to heal?” “How much longer will I have to feel this pain?” and we sit and wait – hoping we don’t have to wait much longer.

What about the places where we just feel stuck? What about the parts of our lives that we have handed over to God and are still waiting for Him to do something? There are certainly times when we wait on God to act on behalf of a family member, also.

Often times our focus may need to change. If we have an expectant heart about what God is going to do (knowing He has our best interest at heart), we will spend more time praising Him and thanking Him for who He is and what He is going to do. Our focus needs to be on Jesus.

Our focus needs to be on Jesus. Whatever we focus on becomes magnified. We want to magnify Jesus in our lives, not our problems or what we are waiting for.

I encourage you to praise Jesus and thank Him while you’re waiting. Instead of continually wondering why it’s taking so long, thank Him for what He is going to do. Become expectant of the plans He has for your future, and put your focus on Him as you wait.

Your life may look very different right now than what you originally thought it would, but you can rest assured that His plans for you are good. You may be going through painful circumstances right now that are beyond your control, but you can wait with a expectant heart, knowing He loves you and has good plans for you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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