A little book, long out of print, called Expectation Corner, tells of a king who prepared a city for some of his poor subjects. Not far away he constructed a large storehouse where everything they needed would be supplied if they would only send him their requests. There was one condition, however; they should constantly be on the lookout for his messengers so that when they came with the gifts in answer to their urgent pleas, the petitioners would always be found waiting and ready to receive them. One faithless subject, not actually expecting to get what he asked for, never watched for their delivery. One day he was taken to the king’s storehouse and there to his amazement he saw scores of packages that had originally been made ready for him. The messengers had come to his door but because he was not looking for them the king’s gifts had never satisfied his needs.
Sometimes God makes us wait for things simply because we are so unbelieving and insipid in the way we ask for His heavenly favors. Many miss out on desired blessings because they closet themselves in the gloomy chambers of doubt. How much better to be stationed in the faith-illumined section of the garden of prayer called “Expectation Corner.”