I clearly remember the day my mom reminded me that Christmas was just around the corner. As an inquisitive little girl, I hopped on my bike and rode to the corner of my street to take a peek. In my very literal thinking, I was sure to find Christmas awaiting to bring delight to my child wonder of such a special time. Children indeed wait for Christmas, birthdays, summer vacation, and so much more with a bubbling excitement. Somehow growing older, leads to a tragic loss of this childlike view of waiting.
As my adult heart reflects through the years, the saying, “Christmas is just around the corner” takes on its figurative meaning and reminds me of the hard task of waiting. Somehow, as grown ups, we’ve lost the sweetness of life and now in our adult mindset, waiting becomes a chore, a check off on a “to do” list and for many, waiting grows into a darkness of despair.
Christmas magnifies waiting as we join all the other crazy drivers in the bumper to bumper traffic, to arrive at our favorite shopping place, only to wait for the best parking space, to wait yet again in the “are you kidding me, wrapped around the store three times” checkout lines. We wait for the wish lists to be made, the online orders to arrive, the final family plans to be shared and more.
Without hesitation, we add fretting to waiting, anxiety easily sets in, and joy fades into the distant memory. God taught me over the years the fine art of waiting. It is a discipline to be embraced, cultivated, and in the end, celebrated. Waiting and fretting were never meant to be partners, but waiting and peace surely were.
By God’s design, waiting matures the heart, cultivates humility, and leads the way toward spiritual discipline, marking a life with hope, joy, peace, and love.
And so my friend the advent is upon us, in this Christmas season, celebrating the end of one waiting season and the beginning of another. The Israelites anticipated a Savior and He came, a babe, humble but mighty, fully man yet fully God.
Christ followers now await a second coming. The coming of a King. So the question for the day is how will you wait? Will you be weighed down with the daily disappointments life brings or will you rise up to the heavenly realms to bask in the light of the One called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”? (Isaiah 9:6)
Jesus has come and He was so worth the first wait as He arrived nearly 2,000 years ago. The worth of the second wait cannot be measured. He will come again. It will be glorious and it will be the last wait.
How privileged we are to celebrate the coming of Jesus as a baby, but more privileged to wait for Him to come again as King.
“So Christ having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.”
Hebrews 9:28 (ESV)