“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”Luke 2:11
I remember anticipating the birth of my first child. I thought he’d never make his appearance! But as I held him in my arms, I knew he was worth the wait. The waiting —whether for a birthday, for Christmas, for a wedding day—is always the hard part. Yet that’s what makes us grow so in our anticipation. Surely Mary and Joseph were overwhelmed when the angel announcement of a coming baby actually became a reality. The wait had been worth it!
When Jesus grew up, He promised He would return some day. The centuries keep moving along, and we begin to wonder if He has forgotten His promise. I can tell you with certainty that He has not. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise…” (2 Peter 3:9). It’s Whom we’re waiting for that truly matters! Our expectant anticipation of His return is growing in us a deeper longing and love for Jesus. It inspires us to remain faithful until He comes.
The long-awaited Christmas Day finally arrived, didn’t it? Rest assured that Christ also will return just as He said. And the wait will be worth it.
“Hope means expectancy while things are otherwise hopeless.” (G.K. Chesterton)