Anticipation

I noticed something.  It wasn’t meant to be profound.  But to me it had a tremendous amount of meaning.

My kids were watching a Bible story on the computer.  It was about Noah, and the story depicted a night when the Old Testament figure couldn’t sleep.  As He went outside, the story says, God spoke to Noah (Genesis 6:13 supports the fact that God spoke to Noah, though it doesn’t necessarily say how).
In the ‘Beginners Bible’ depiction, right before God speaks, the stars begin to move ever so slightly and the music changes some.  Just as that happened, my kids inched toward the monitor, knowing something was coming.  As God began to talk they listened intently, not wanting to miss a single syllable.
What a beautiful picture of how I need to start each day.  Eagerly opening my Bible and spending time, just waiting to hear from God.  Then as He speaks (whether it’s through the words in the Bible or through His still small voice inside of me), do I crane my heart closer, in anticipation of the words and wisdom of my Creator?
I’ve been reading Psalms the last few weeks and I love the transparency I see in each and every chapter.

Psalm 40 shows us what happens when we seek God with eager anticipation of what He has to say to us!
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord.

I have a challenge for you this week.  I know this challenge well because its a challenge I have put fort for myself the last few months.  When your eyes open in the morning, and you reach for your phone to check what messages you missed, or what tweets were posted overnight, scroll past all of that and open the Bible Ap.  Before reading any social media, read a passage from the Bible and stay silent for a few moments.  Let your first thoughts of the day be on your Creator.  Let the first few moments be in a state of waiting, not worrying.  A state of comfort, not control.
For me, starting my day this way has helped my whole outlook.  My demeanor for the day is so much purposeful and peaceful.  And when I don’t take these simple steps, I see the opposite.  I am immediately gripped by the weight of what I need to do that day.  The contrast is incredible!
Give it a try this week, and let me know how it helps you!  I am guessing Psalm 16:11 will come more clearly into view for you.
“You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”