Remember the days when you could hardly wait until Christmas morning or your birthday? Or when you were counting the hours until your grandparents came to visit or that you would be at the entrance to Disneyland? What was it about the hours or days of waiting that made them so wonderful? Without a doubt it was what we call anticipation. The dictionary defines this idea as an emotion involving pleasure, expectancy, and excitement. There can also be a sense of curiosity and intrigue as one considers the possibilities that might occur. At times one can also feel a degree of fear and uncertainty because of the reality of possible disappointment or an unexpected change of plans. No matter what your age or stage of life, looking forward to what is to come, to events that will bring you joy, and finally “to the things that God is preparing for you” is what gives you hope and purpose.
Can you even imagine what it must have been like for Joshua and the Israelites as they heard about God’s “battle plan” for conquering Jericho? As they marched around the city day after day, the children, as well as their parents, must have been excited and eager to see what would happen. Would God do something visible or miraculous before Day 7? Would He really give them victory on the final day after they walked around the walls 7 times? No doubt those families were not the only ones feeling the emotion of anticipation. What do you think it was like for the people living inside the walls, the inhabitants of the city of Jericho? Finally, what was it like for Joshua, as their trusted and capable leader. He had seen God do amazing miracles throughout his life time. He had witnessed the parting of the Red Sea and crossing of the Jordan River, the provision of daily manna and God’s faithfulness to His chosen people for 40 years in the wilderness, but what would the Lord do on Day #7?
There is nothing that is more exciting and satisfying than choosing to “wait on the Lord”, to listen to His voice, to do life His way, and then to believe with all your heart and mind that He will keep His promises. It’s anticipation at its very best!