Of Academies and Anticipation

As I backed out of the driveway this morning on the way to church, I bump-bumped over the Sunday paper.  Oops. Big paper.

I imagined the headlines in the Entertainment Section would be all things Academy Award, as tonight is The Night when “the Oscar goes to………….” and I began to ponder how many people in Los Angeles, Hollywood in particular, were waking up with the thought, “Tonight my life could change forever.”

They might also be preparing from the moment they awoke, ticking down the hours with appointments of all kinds: the hair, the nails, the gown fitting, the meal (or not–must fit into that gown) and finally , the limo arrival and…..oh the excitement, the anticipation.

This could be the watershed event of their filmmaking lives, marking the efforts of all their hard work, the pinnacle of their sacrifice and investment.
The night when “it’s just an honor to be nominated” but even better to win; A person’s career could turn 180 degrees towards amazingness if they were one of the blessed few who went home with an Oscar.

What expectation, what churning of the stomach.  The looking forward, the joy of seeing friends, being with those all of one mind in one place to celebrate film and subsequent fame.

Back to the task at hand, with one hand driving and one hand holding our worship list, I began to ponder the songs we’d be singing soon,  “Father, do we feel that way about You? As we lift our hands and our voices, as we bow our hearts and our heads, are expecting you to show up?” 

“Are we preparing to meet you and welcome your presence? Are we coming to your place with an expectant heart, anticipating your appearance?  Do we long for your habitation to be among us?”

The word God gave me for this year is D W E L L. 
“Dwell, inhabit, live in.”  

It is my “one thing” (Psalm 27:4):

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek:
 that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

When we come into God’s house and experience his power and his presence, we are forever changed.  It can always be a watershed time, if we are prepared and expecting. 

My friend Frank Bailey, a pastor in New Orleans, has this to say about the idea of God’s habitation:

“If you pay close attention to scripture (Ephesians 2:18-22)
you will discover an amazing thing.
The central purpose of the local church is to be a habitation,
a dwelling place for God’s Spirit.”

(You can read more of his message here.)

As I move forward this year in dwelling with God, I want to look at

every Sunday,
every opportunity for fellowship with the saints,
every chance to worship and be in God’s presence
                as a time of
                of my Expectation
                of God’s Habitation…..

We are coming to a King……how excited are we to be turning towards His amazingness?
Sunset photo by the author. Glory Cloud  photo by Leah Richardson, DeLand, Fla, used by permission.

Sharing in Community with  Jen at Finding Heaven,
Michelle over at Graceful,
and Laura B. over at The Wellspring.

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