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Anticipation, Part II: What God Anticipates

April 12, 2016


Growing up means we realize our neediness.


How’s your praying-with-anticipation going? I can mess up my praying with that anticipation-hitch.

Here’s the other side of anticipation:  What God Anticipates.

Francis Roberts wrote:

God anticipates our reliance on Him.

Seriously. God anticipating.  Does He twiddle His thumbs, jog His holy knee til the whole pew is shaking–wondering:

When is Sue going to wake up and invite Me into her day? I know she’s smarter than Holli-dog who stands in the doorway forever and ever, amen. Seriously. I am anticipating her reliance on Me. I’m waiting to come on in and help her out.

reliance on God

It’s no surprise to God that I need Him.

It’s more of a surprise (well, I’m not sure the Divine gets surprised) – it’s more of a shock (not that, either) – HE CAN’T BELIEVE I DON’T GO TO HIM FIRST.

Maybe He can. He was there in the Garden and at the Tree. He just wasn’t consulted.

Here’s the point:

God knows how much we need Him. He’s waiting for our knock, our call, our cry, our pounding-on-the-door prayers. It’s not a big deal to Him. He can handle all those and more.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 NIV

Seek, ask, knock. Jesus said to do all three. He’s happy I seek. He’s thrilled when I ask. He’s bowled over when I keep knocking like there’s no tomorrow. He knows I need Him. I’m the one who’s thick-headeded about it. I leave Him waiting in the doorway. No help for it.

Mary invited Holli for a ridge walk over Spring break. She had no trouble accepting. Still working on that door thing.

reliance on God

I once prayed for an end table. Someone said, “Oh, I don’t think you need to bother God about an end table. Do you think He really cares about something so small?”

She was my elder, so I carefully said, “I think He does.” Of course, I got my end table. God anticipated my need. I expressed to Him my reliance. I just needed to ask and seek and knock.

And if the end table never showed up? Oh, well, I guess I didn’t really need it.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 NLT



God anticiates our reliance on Him.

I’d hate to disappoint Him.

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Relying on God

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  • Reply Becky Jones April 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

    When my brother-in-law passed away I prayed for my heels to be comfortable on the day of his funeral. Was told by an Aunt that God was too busy with other things to think about my high heels but He did it anyway. I believe in a God that is there for me all the time to take care of every problem that occurs in my life. There is no other way to think about an all powerful God. And that is what we have. Glad you got you table.

  • Reply Meg Weyerbacher April 22, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Hi #neighbor from #OneWordCoffee!

    So glad I found you here! My husband and I have tons of testimonies to how God cares about the small things. I thrive off living that way: needing Him in all things! Thanks for sharing, love your blog too!

  • Reply Sue April 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

    thanks, meg. it’s the only way to thrive – loved how you put that!

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