This is the first of a three part series of Preparing My Heart for Christ. Today, I want to talk about expectancy.
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
I can only imagine how Mary must have felt once the Angel left her, after proclaiming that she had been chosen by God to bear and birth the Christ Child — God in flesh. As any mother-to-be would, Mary began a journey of expectancy, one of waiting with a full heart to receive the promised child.
Expectancy – to be filled with anticipation, eagerness and excitement.
Even though Mary was confused and disturbed at the Angel’s announcement, she trusted the Lord, and choose to live in faith and not fear. She was amazed of what the Lord had done for her and was filled with great excitement about what was going to take place. When Mary visited her relative, Elizabeth, her expectant heart and great faith were evident.
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” (Luke 1:45)
Mary’s response to what she was feeling was Mary’s Song, found in Luke 1:46-55.
This week as I reflect on the birth of Christ, I have had many things crowd my emotions. I have had to make a choice to look forward with expectancy to what I cannot yet see, knowing that God has great plans for me. I have had to fix my eyes on Jesus, the one who came, and the One who continually comes. I have had to open my mouth and sing, of what He’s already done, and remind myself of the promises He has yet to fulfill.
Today, I am choosing to wait with an expectant heart for Christ, the One who comes to me afresh and anew, each and every day. And so I wait with a heart filled with anticipation of what He will do, a heart eager to see His will accomplished, and a heart filled with excitement that I get to be a part of His wonderful plan.
Now it’s your turn. Will you link up a post on how you are expectantly preparing your heart for Christ? Or simply share in the comments below.