The Joy Of Anticipation
All of the above anticipated events grow in value because of the hours we spend looking forward to them — our minds eagerly anticipating the fun, challenges, and excitement these events will bring.
For a moment, let’s think about the value of anticipation and the thrill it can bring to our heart when we read Psalm 30:5:
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”Here, the Psalmist is declaring the comforting idea that our earthly sorrow lasts but a short time in comparison to the anticipated joy that will last for eternity in heaven.
Paul pens a similar idea in 2 Corinthians 4:17, where we discover that our “light affliction” we experience here on earth leads to our anticipation of a glory of eternal value.
Those of us who weep can dwell on hope instead of hopelessness, and anticipation instead of sorrow. There may be a period of night in our hearts, but just ahead lies the dawn of eternity. And with it, God promises the endless joy of a heavenly morning.
—Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets