29 Mar “What Are You Waiting For?” By Lindsey Dowiot
Spring is in the air! We’re starting to hear the songs of birds, eager for worms in the warm soil. Flocks of geese are making their way back north, and daffodils are already popping up, just waiting for the perfect day to show off their bright yellow color.
I don’t know about you, but I am eager for the newness and beauty of spring! I can’t wait to sit outside while the kids play, and not have to bundle up like an Eskimo. I’m looking forward to school vacation when we can go for hikes and bike rides in the warm sunshine. Even the clean freak in me is excited about getting a little dirty by planting flowers in the front yard.
All of this excitement about the new season got me thinking during a recent Sunday message. We were looking at a passage of Scripture in Philippians chapter 3, verses 12-16. The main focus was pressing on toward what’s ahead of us—more specifically, the goal of Heaven—and not focusing on our past. But a verse a bit further down really struck me:
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.” (v. 20)
What are we waiting for in our lives?
Is it a change in seasons, a vacation, a new job, home, or car? Anticipation and excitement are not bad things. Sometimes they get us through long or tough times in our lives. But are we focusing too much on “the next big thing,” or are we remembering the ultimate goal—living forever in Heaven, glorifying God and giving praise to Jesus?
The next verse in Philippians gives us a beautiful glimpse of what’s to come: “He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” (v. 21)
The God who created the universe, parted the Red Sea, and sacrificed His son, wants the best for us, His children. We can come before Him with our hopes and dreams, but here in Philippians He reminds us of the ultimate prize. We will be forever with Him in glory. There’s nothing that we can eagerly wait for here on Earth that could ever be better.
As we lay our wants, needs, and burdens before Him, let’s remember to thank Him and praise Him for what He’s done for us, and for what is still to come as we eagerly wait for eternity with Him.