Over the last few weeks, as I’ve settled well into the third trimester of my twin pregnancy, I have begun to notice the way people react to my walking into a room. When I walk into the hospital to visit a church member, the nurses ask if I need to be shown to the labor ward. When I walk into a business I can tell by the nervous look on the faces of strangers that they’re wondering who is going to spring into action if I all of a sudden need speedy assistance. When I see people I know, they often remark on how big I’ve gotten, and ask how much longer. As much as I might have been able to keep my focus on other things in the past months, at this point, it’s become quite difficult to focus on much of anything, besides the major milestone that’s approaching in my life!
I’ve used the word “expecting” many times to describe my “situation,” since I found out the good news almost nine months ago. Our home has undergone a slow but steady transformation from a two-adult home to one that’s clearly “expecting “the arrival of babies. But I’ll admit that in these last few weeks, the feeling of “expectancy” has hit a new level in our day-to-day experience. Apart from the constant reminders from others around me that something big is about to occur, my mindset has become all about being ready, being prepared, and expecting the moment when labor kicks in and the adventure of parenting begins!
I’ve noticed over the last weeks that being in this period of intense “expectancy” has shifted my focus to the present. I have the feeling that any moment now, this major life event may occur. As I’ve sat back and reflected on this feeling of imminence, I’ve begun to wonder, What if we lived every day expectant of God’s action? What if we were all this attuned to the present, so that at any moment, we expected God to act in our lives, to intervene, on our behalf or on behalf of others? What if we were more aware of the preparations needed to make us more ready for God’s arrival in our midst?
God is always ready to act. Are we always ready for God’s action? I think a shift toward expectant living would mean a higher awareness of what and who we surround ourselves with – or, distract ourselves with. I think being better prepared for God’s action would mean keeping more open communication with God, to more closely follow what St. Paul encouraged, to “pray without ceasing.” While my preparations for the arrival of the twins is mostly about making sure my house is in order, being prepared for God’s action might look like making sure one’s spiritual “house” is in order – that is, working to keep God at the center, instead of letting worldly distractions clutter up our lives.
As you join me in waiting expectantly for the arrival of our twins, I pray that you may also find ways to live expectantly for God. May we all be ready, prepared, and eager to see the ways God will work in our midst, and welcome the new and exciting things he has in store for each of us this season!