Musings From A Musical Mind

I Am Expectant

I was being deep and reflective this morning and posted something on my status update on facebook – something about “feeling a new expectancy” and feeling pretty good about it – when all of a sudden – facebook being what it is – a number of comments came through teasing me and asking if I was “PREGNANT”!!  I laughed at this and it became a joke that Greg and I have been having much fun with today to and from the gym where we both work out.  But being that as it may – I was keenly aware of how the word “expectant” has everyone always assuming that it means a woman is expecting a baby – or in other words, “pregnant”.  So I looked up the word and here is what it said:

Pregnant

adj.

  1. Carrying developing offspring within the body.
    1. Weighty or significant; full of meaning: a conversation occasionally punctuated by pregnant pauses.
    2. Of great or potentially great import, implication, or moment: “It was a politically pregnant time in Poland” (New York).
  2. Filled or fraught; replete: “This was, from the Party’s point of view, both deplorable in itself and pregnant with danger for the future” (Robert Conquest).
  3. Having a profusion of ideas; creative or inventive.
  4. Producing results; fruitful: a pregnant decision.

I like that there are different meanings for this GREAT word that describe so much!  But it is also a complicated word – and you don’t just go throwing it around in a sentence.  I can’t imagine, for instance – using it in a sentence when teaching my Junior High theater students, “Oh Monica – I see you are pregnant with great ideas!!  Let’s see if we can make that happen!”  Can  you just imagine the looks and laughter I would get?  And yet – to be “pregnant” is an adjective and has such great depth of meaning.  It is highly overlooked because of the bias surrounding it.

I also looked up “expectant” – the word I used this morning on my status update.  Here is the definition:

Expectant

adj.

  1. Having or marked by expectation: an expectant look; an expectant hush.
  2. Pregnant: expectant mothers.

Now I really like this.  Have you ever experienced “an expectant hush’?  I know I have!  That is what I am feeling today.  It is a feeling that there are AWESOME things ahead – and somehow over the last year – I have lost sight of that.  I have some great friends in my life right now that are reminding me of this fact.  I am in daily communication with them as we encourage each other and keep each other grounded and full of expectancy and lots of love and laughter!

I challenge you today to be “open” to receive some “expectancy” in your own life.  Allow others to speak to you words of hope and wisdom.  Be open to love in ways you never thought possible as you give away some love to others today.  There’s nothing better for you – nothing healthier than a kind loving word between friends and nothing else that will make your heart “pregnant” with new ideas and challenges – as you spur someone else on – in love!  Two hearts that carry a heavy load are always better than one.  Find some laughter to help lift that load today.

God Bless

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Comments on: "I Am Expectant" (4)

  1. I hope that I am always a person “marked with expectation.” I want others to know me as that kind of person anyway. As I’ve said before, my goal is “to finish strong and finish laughing.” I also like the idea of “having a profusion of ideas: creative and inventive.” The nice thing about being unemployed this last year is the opportunity to probe my creative side – something I’ve never had much time for because of a consuming job. It’s been liberating and renewing to my soul. At the same time, I also realize that my expectations don’t always match reality. There seems to be a lot of “gunk” to go through in life to reach for those expectations of better things ahead. The Bible is filled with spiritually pregnant people – Abraham lived with an expectation based upon God’s promise; Jesus “for the joy set before him” expected victory on the other side of the cross. The start of 2010 has been a very rough one for me and my family, but I’m still hopeful and expectant that God will turn up in surprising ways and that it will finish much better than it started! Thanks, Cindy, for a great encouraging word.

    • You’re welcome Ron – I have seen that “creative side” first hand and you are a man of many talents – and I love your writings and poetry – it has blessed my life. I agree that we have to go through a lot of “gunk” to forge through to better things – I would not have chosen most of the “gunk” – but I’m a stronger better person for them – and I would not go back now – even if I could. It’s friends like you that keep me strong and grounded as you are a daily reminder to me of a true friend – I am blessed. ♥

  2. I am always expectant that the Lord will move in my life.

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