Expectantly? How do we think of that with Joy? Our Scripture reading, this morning, is Isaiah (my friend!!) 55 reminding us if you are "thirsty" come - come listen to, for, with God. He is speaking to the Hebrew people who are either coming back to, or already back (depending on which scholar you read), Jerusalem. They can be in the Temple again - but even more important they can celebrate with God not only in the Temple but back with family. Oh the Joy! A close relationship with God -- feeling God's presence with them -- as they struggle through the changes of the return.
Jesus is reminding us, in the Gospel reading (John 4:13 & 14) that He gives "living water." To seek Him, when we are thirsty AND when we are experiencing changes, because He does provide. He provides His presence, His strength AND the living water promised. Do we believe that? Do we expect that? Do we celebrate that "joyfully"?
We've been taking "small steps" as we pray a "breakthrough" prayer for changes in our lives. We've been celebrating Advent -- Jesus' birthday preparations as well as watching for Jesus' return. An interesting thought process would be to do these things "expectantly" -- like we really believe God will answer, be with us (Emmanuel) and strengthen us through the changes. To do this "joyfully" is an even more interesting thought! Can we be excited about, share joyfully, God's 'breaking through' as we take 'small steps' into what God is calling us to and the changes that may be happening? This week why not try it? Why not try being excited about "expecting" God to "break through"?