Noticing the unexpected is a trait that we don’t really hone in on as a society; mainly because it is a difficult skill to master. Given the way of the world, we seem to overlook the simplicity of situations we find ourselves in, purely for the fact that it is hard to know what will happen or what to expect.
On a personal note, I have found that waiting for things to happen is one key to building our expectations. Perhaps one of our deepest fears as humans is expecting disappointment to overtake or change our mood, especially our outlook, on life as we know it.
Yet in the Scriptures, we see that being able to wait in the moment actually was preparation for God’s people. In a now infamous story, the newly-minted leader of the Israelites, Joshua, was tasked with the incredulous responsibility to march around a city they were to capture without entering it.
“Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
- Joshua 6:1-5
Amazingly, there was no resistance to what God commanded Joshua to do! In the end, it turned out to be his deliverance, because the resulting triumph over their enemies pointed squarely to only what God could do.
Perhaps in your life, there are moments that we should wait in the stillness, expecting God to move.