We recently visited a quaint little town called San Remo. It’s along the coast of Victoria just on the mainland side of the bridge going to Phillip Island.
At 12 o’clock noon every day the local fish mongers provide fish to feed the pelicans. This has been happening for decades now and is quite a well-known attraction for tourists and locals alike.
It’s also a great attraction to pelicans!
We arrived to San Remo an hour early as we had decided to let the children play at the nearby playground before going to view the pelican feeding. The pelicans were already there waiting!
I don’t know how long they’d been there or who had led the charge to start to gather but there was already a fairly sizeable flock congregating on the beach where the feeding would occur. It certainly helped the tourists know where to go to watch the feeding but I was amazed at how early the pelicans had prepared themselves for a good feed, even though it happened every day.
As I smiled at the anticipating pelicans it challenged me on what I anticipate in my life. Every week I have the opportunity for my soul to be fed through a worship service. Do I turn up early? Do I arrive anticipating some great food for my spiritual growth?
I’d love to say “yes” every time, but I’d be lying! Often I am racing in the door after wrangling the children, rushing out the door and deciding where to park the car. And once I’m in the Church auditorium I’m thinking of my list of tasks to complete or the last argument I had with my husband or what we’re having for dinner that week… my distractions could go on.
But I know that when I prepare my heart for Church I get so much more out of it. I am ready to engage and more open to what is presented from the platform.
Life is not always straightforward enough for this to happen every time but there are certainly things I can do to be more intentional about anticipating my worship experience. I just need to be more like the pelicans!
Lord, You are always ready for me. You are not distracted by anything else and You are always ready to engage with me. May I be the same, whether it’s in my own personal quiet time or in a corporate worship service. Amen.
How can you anticipate your time with God more?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.