When April was pregnant with our first child, Asher, we were filled with a lot of emotions. While April was rightfully hormonal, I was highly emotional. This child was our first baby and first son. Before Asher was actually born, we paid several false alarm visits to the hospital, only to be assured and reassured that it was not time yet for the birth of our son. And so the waiting continued. At the time, I despised the word ‘wait’, but now I look back and see God’s sovereign hand and perfect timing on everything.
As we approach Christmas, the word ‘advent’ gets put into the mix within church conversations. While the word ‘advent’ is often used in terms of the coming of Christ, it has also significant meaning in the waiting of Christ. Mary had to wait as a mom. Joseph had to wait as a dad. The wise men (possibly several and a few years later after Jesus’ birth) had to wait to bless Jesus. King Herod the Great had to wait, and wait and wait on Jesus, yet would never see him. The Prophets of the Old Testament waited and died before Jesus was born. But then it happened, Jesus was born and the wait was over, or was it?
Jesus changed everything, and the wait was worth it. But Jesus is still changing everything and calls us to still wait on Him. We are not waiting on Jesus birth, and we are not just waiting for His return, we are waiting for Him to work in and through us each day. This new season of waiting is accompanied by hope. The hope we have in Jesus is the hope that ‘anchors our soul’ (Hebrews 6:19). This new season of waiting is worth it.Psalm 130:5-6 says “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
While many were waiting expectantly of Jesus’ birth in the Bible, we now wait expectantly on the work of the Jesus here on earth, now. We wait expectantly on the return of Jesus. This waiting is worth it.
Approach these days ahead in the Advent season marveling at the beauty and work of the Lord on display, each and every day.
Come Lord Jesus, we wait…