Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Waiting Season

T'is the season of waiting. We are in the "in-between." Thanksgiving has slipped into yesterday and Christmas waits in our tomorrow. At my advanced age, December seems to fly by at warp speed. However, I have not forgotten how slowly the days leading up to Christmas crawled by when I was a little girl.

Waiting is hard for the one looking forward with joyful anticipation, but for the heart with a desperate need it can be agonizing. Perhaps we can understand the delay if we are depending on human intervention, but if we have cried out to God for help the delay can be devastating. We may find ourselves struggling to believe all we thought we knew about God and faith.

Waiting is a story as old as time. The histories of people waiting for God to act fill the pages of scripture. Abraham was 100 years old before his promised son was born. Joseph waited in prison for years before he was released even though he had committed no crime. Jesus waited for two days before responding to the call for help when Lazarus lay dying.When the last prophet had spoken at the end of the Old Testament, the world waited for God to break His silence.

Four hundred years later a baby's cry was heard in a humble stable in Bethlehem - and the waiting was over.

"But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children."
Galatians 4:4-5

Today I'm over at Laced With Grace with the rest of this devotional. I would love to meet you there.