Now faith is the substance of things hoped (expected) for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
For most, expecting a child to be born is an exciting thing, but I can only imagine what it must have been like for Mary! She was a young teenage virgin when she became pregnant with Jesus. She knew the truth of how it all happened, but no one else in town was buying it. If it had not been for the Angelic appearance, even Joseph would have called off the wedding. I’m sure being frightened and feeling all alone at times she wondered, “How will this whole thing turn out?”
I’ve been carrying something in me for a while and I have wondered the same thing, “How will this whole thing turn out?” Just recently it felt as if I had been carrying a knot in my stomach and I asked God to help me understand, and then I heard it. “Divine Expectancy.” Those two words began to bring a peace and understanding I hadn’t had before. Along with that peace came a flood of analogies and an illustration of an expectant mom. Now I know that may sound a little crazy coming from a guy, but bear with me.
I began to think about how a mom thinks when she knows that a baby will soon be born and the main thing she does, is prepare for the arrival. God had been speaking to me recently that He was preparing me for something, and now it all started to become clearer. I remember being in a conference many years ago when I heard Joseph Garlington say, “Sometimes God has to prepare you for what He has prepared for you.” I’ve never forgot that.
Life is full of seasons, and for many reading this today you are stepping into a new season of your life. In this new season God is going to do things in and through you that you may have never imagined were possible. It’s in this moment that it’s so important for you to make final preparations.
It first starts with the words Mary said to the angel when He told her that God had chosen her to carry the Christ Child. She said, “Be it unto me according to your Word Oh Lord.” Even as crazy as it may have seemed to her at the time, she yielded to what she knew God was saying, and I believe that it was at that very moment that Jesus was conceived in her.
Maybe you feel like you’ve become “expectant” with something that you may, or many not, even know what it is. Let me encourage you today to yield to the plan God has for you by saying “Your will is my will.” And then, let Him “prepare you for what He has prepared for you.”
This new season of your life just may be your greatest season yet!