Picture of Expectation

Dad snapped this photo of my airedale terrier, Casey.

This is not her usual stance. She rarely has her four feet on the floor. It’s just not her nature.

I had left the house to carry another suitcase to the car. My dad grabbed his camera.

Immobilized, Casey stared into the direction of my departure. Her high-pitched whine followed me down the front walk. Her tail quivered with anticipation. Her eyes fixated in the direction on my expected return.

Gaze of Expectation

O, that this would be the image of our own waiting on God! The picture of expectation.

The contemplative soul. Faith.

O, that my soul would be so passionate and overwhelmed with longing that the eyes of my heart remain fixated on Jesus.

Psalmists, prophets, and the apostles wrote of this longing…

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42.1-2)

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you…” (Isaiah 26.9a)

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…” (Philippians 3.8-9a)

Toward the Contemplative Soul…

Over the next week, resolve to move toward a more contemplative soul by intentionally turning your attention to Jesus.

This is a decision of our own will under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14.15-27, Romans 8.1-17). By faith, we enter into relationship with God. Christ in us means the Spirit dwells in us. As children and heirs of God, we are welcome into His presence.

Embarking on this spiritual journey requires little more than a Bible (but I do love my journal, too!). No mystical or cryptic decoders needed. No special words or extra books.

Re-read the scriptures listed above. Expectantly.

Pray them as prayers of joy … especially the Psalm 42 passage.

Fix your eyes upon His glorious grace…not asking for anything but His presence. Soak in His love.

Live in expectation of the Holy.

<<Previous article in this series on Contemplation.

Next article in the series: What is Contemplation? >>

Photo courtesy of Ronald Recher
(Dad, US Army Retired, Photographer, Woodworker, Shipbuilder, follower of Jesus)

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About Sharon R Hoover

Serving the church for over twenty years in discipleship and mission ministries, I've walked alongside many people travelling and exploring the journey of faith. Add in my own crazy path and I hope my writing will offer glimpses of life worth sharing.
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