I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption…

I was reading Psalm 130 for my  reading time this morning. Afterward, I was meditating on the verses about waiting for the Lord, especially my soul, and how the psalmist compared his own waiting to how a watchmen waits for the morning. I started thinking about the word “watchmen” in these verses. It stood out to me because WATCH is the word God gave me for this year. It’s so interesting to me that the Psalmist chooses to liken a watchmen to his waiting on the Lord.  The watchman holds huge responsibility that when everyone sleeps, he is in charge of reporting dangers that may be approaching.  Whether thieves, storms or invading enemies; he must be steadfast in his watch.  Then at dawn, as the sun breaks the horizon, the watchman breathes a sigh of relief as his time of rest has arrived.

After reading that I started thinking about how at times when the sky is  gray and suddenly a huge hole of sunlight comes bursting through. Those are moments when I have actually sometimes wondered , “Wow, could Jesus be coming back today?”

Why? Because I’m waiting on Jesus, the true Dawn of the morning. I’m eagerly awaiting his return! I’m like the watchman anxious for the dawn and ready for the rest. The thought of seeing Jesus brings thoughts of “hold up not everyone is ready, so many people still do not know you” and yet I’m totally holding my breath in anticipation to see my Lord with my own eyes! Oh what a day it will be!

When God gave me the word “WATCH” in January for this year, I had no idea what it could mean. Looking back & its only June, I have watched God teach my family & I many things already. I have watched him bring amazing unexpected opportunities like sending my son & husband on a trip to Ethiopia ( so many cool things unseen God is doing through that). I have WATCHED my oldest son graduate high school , but in the midst of all of that WATCHED him be celebrated, encouraged & loved on by countless people besides his family I never even knew even knew him. Such a blessing for this mama to read & hear incredible prayers, encouragement & words spoken over him by friends, family, teachers & teachers who were not even his teachers, but have WATCHED him over the years. I WATCHED him give his valedictorian speech with such maturity & emotion that confirmed even more that he was exactly where God wanted him for high-school even though he would have been great anywhere he would have gone.

I have WATCHED him answer some of my prayers in sending me the right helping aids to help me reach personal health goals. I have WATCHED him let me see my self discipline pay off like never before.

I still believe I will WATCH him heal some long time wounds in our extended family. I still believe I will WATCH him heal marriages in our extended family. I still believe I will watch him do miraculous things at The Living Out Loud Women’s Conference. I still believe I will WATCH personal prayer request be answered.

As a WATCHER , I want to be faithful  in praying. I want to be a faithful watchman who loves God’s people, who shares the good news of Christ that there is rescue through Jesus Christ. As we WATCH for his return, let us not forget to Warn like good watchmen do!

Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what [she] has done.” Rev. 22:12

And I say, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Rev. 22:20b-21

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