Anticipation

Perhaps you too recall times when you were a wee one and you were waiting for a certain day to arrive when something amazing was going to happen.  Could have been a hopped for present at Christmas or the first day of school.  From a very young age we learn how to appreciate waiting for things we have little to no power over nor of the outcome or making the calendar move any faster towards the expected day.  Some of us learn it well, and others?   Well, they don’t ever get really good at the waiting thing and subsequently life can become very frustrating because so much of our life is an unknown.

Needless to say, when we are in school and later married or pregnant we are once again stuck in the continuum of anticipation.  Stress can be off the charts for us as we impatiently wait for the expected end.  Unless we have learned to bask in the season of anticipation with joy and inquisitive expectancy we will be so very miserable. Not a good way to live our lives.  These incredible gifts are given to us from God to enhance our lives and nurture our sense of Love from the Father that is directly connected to the wonderful unexpected gifts God has coming our way. We like to think that we are somehow in control of our own lives and we aren’t.  God is the author and finisher.  He is the beginning and the end.  He is the alpha and the omega.  He is everything.

Everything.

Do we dare trust Him like that?  Are we confident in who He is so that we can get all excited about the anticipated events and gifts falling into our lives?  Are we willing to open up our imagination large enough for us to have God’s anointed gifts fall into our laps?  How hard is it for us to push over the boulders that are in the way of the stream that is pouring out from the Lord and yet has become a trickle once it gets to us.  The obstacles aren’t very obvious and the source is unseen so that even if we wanted to know how much should be pouring out we couldn’t figure it out.  Once again, we have to trust the Lord as to how much or how long or how powerful or how magical our outcomes are going to be.  We just have to be sure to not fill in the wonder with our limited thoughts.  We are so small minded.

So human.

But again I ask, do we look at the days of December as days of anticipation for the Christ child?  Is that something we could do or is it all so Silent Night and Santa Claus to the point that Jesus is missing from the picture?  He is missing from so many pictures but He really shouldn’t be missing from this picture.  It’s all about Jesus and His birth into this world.  It’s not about presents and trees and Santa Claus and elves.  How do we sort out all of the hoopla and uncover the baby in a manger? I think it’s tough.  He has to wrestle against the temptation of sleep and the temptation of doting on our families who have a tendency to take away our time with the Lord.  Subtle and simple.  It’s often very easy to fall into the arms of our families love and rituals during the holidays.  We don’t even realize that Jesus was secondary until after the season is over. Then what?  We can’t have a Christmas do-over.

It is just like it is with any other relationship.  We have to invest in it. We have to choose to make it a priority.  We can’t just expect Him to do everything.  His love is shown to us in so many ways and ours is no different.  We have to show Him our love in how we live our lives.  How I look at it is like this; at any moment, if Jesus decided to manifest in the flesh into my world that there would be nothing about how I live that He couldn’t step into.  That could feel a little invasive and yet those parts of our lives that are really private were given to us by Him and we should not be embarrassed.  We are His beloved, a very intimate term of endearment.

So as we count down to the  1st of December let us take our time and enjoy that sweet anticipation of our Lords miraculous birth. Let us keep the pace slow and sweet so that we are blessed with Gods love and presence throughout the days and nights and we don’t lose sight of who the season is really all about.

Isaiah 9:6-7 –For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

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