With weather in the 80’s, wearing a t-shirt & shorts, Caleb stood with bare feet gazing out the dining room window and mused, “It hasn’t snowed lately.”
You live in Southeast Texas, child. Were you expecting snow?
It’s possible he’s fondly reminiscing about Christmas with Grandma in Missouri.
(However, by the look on his face, the snow was frightening.)
Regardless, this child is anticipating snow. Here. In Texas. With temperatures rising.
That’s what I love about Caleb. His circumstances don’t dictate his expectations.
He’s the devoted football fan, with one minute left in the fourth quarter, scheming plays to win a game when we’re down by two touchdowns. He expects to win. The other fans are packing up and leaving the stands. Caleb’s allegiance won’t budge. He’s waiting for the victory.
As my doubtful mind absorbed the image of an expectant boy standing at the window looking for snow on the warm Texas horizon, my fair-weather faith blew briskly into the room. Unfortunately, my circumstances do determine my expectations. Short-lived anticipations fizzle quickly. I am the fickle fan packing up my stadium seat in view of a loss.
Caleb’s steadfast devotion and childlike faith has reminded me to be expectant. To anticipate and hope. Regardless of the weather. In spite of the scoreboard.
Wait for the Promise.
So, I’m expecting…
Mockers will come in the last days with scoffing…and say Where is the promise of His coming?
But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness is to abide.
So, beloved, since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace.
And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord [His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world] is salvation (that which is conducive to the soul’s safety)… (2 Peter 3:3b, 4a, 13-15a Amplified)
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