Remember when you were a kid and you got so excited that your birthday was coming because you knew the roller skates you wanted would be among the gifts? Or remember trying out for the school play and waiting anxiously for the names to go up on the bulletin board, only to discover you had indeed gotten the part you wanted? Growing up was an exciting time, (at least sometimes) and some moments were almost as good as waiting for Christmas!
So what happened? How come we don’t get excited about anything these days? We tend to dread birthdays, watching the clock tick our life away, already feeling the pressure of too many gray hairs. We feel suffocated by the magazines that remind us we’ll need more skin creams and more ointments and more remedies for our aching bones. Aging doesn’t bring the thrill of what’s ahead that it once did. But is there really nothing left to get excited about?
What’s happened to anticipation, to expecting all good things and trusting God still has great surprises for us as we take another step and light one more candle. It’s not like we have a set number of coupons and once we’ve redeemed them all, that’s it. In fact, if we look at our ancient ancestors, many of them didn’t even get the message of what God wanted from their lives until they had enough years under their belts to gain some wisdom. So maybe excitement isn’t simply a passive activity, standing by and waiting for the good thing we hope will happen. Maybe now the excitement is something we generate ourselves knowing full well there’s still more because the God of the Universe is not finished with us yet. When we’re involved in the process, anticipation builds and excitement grows! We’ve been praying, building, hoping, trusting and now we know that at any moment God will act again in our lives.
Why? Because He knows how hard we try to be faithful to Him. We’ve waited for Him patiently, at least sometimes. We’ve trusted Him completely. We’ve surrendered our hopes and dreams still trusting we’ll be delivered, that we’ll reach the promise of all that He meant for us to be. We have every reason to get excited! We have joy that goes far beyond the chance to play one more board game, or ride along on our new roller skates. We can anticipate good things from a Good God that will take us far beyond our role in the school play or the next job promotion. Yes, we really can get excited. It’s still okay!
Dance, sing, anticipate, participate, enjoy…you’ve come a long way to find this moment and whether it comes by adding another candle or drawing another breath in total peace and surrender, it’s a great day. In fact, it’s today! This is the moment, this is the beginning of the rest and best of your life. Embrace it! This day will never come again.
Let’s give today a happy shout!