I thought I had learned quite a bit about waiting by now. I’ve shared four different posts here with the word “wait” somehow linked in the title.
God must know that I have a hard time waiting.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25
One of my favorite movies is “The Lakehouse.” It’s a story about love bound up in time, and a house, and crazy happenings that make no sense in the real world.
Kind of like my own story some days.
In the final chapter of the movie, a note is passed between the two main characters, with a message of these words:
Wait for me; wait with me.
I cried when I saw that message the first time, and I’ve cried every time I’ve re-watched the movie since then. It is a message that is being spoken to me by my Dear Shepherd, as He calls me to Himself in this journey of Chronic Illness.
Another set of specialists sent me for other rounds of tests recently, only to be told that more waiting is required. The P.O.T.S.-like symptoms (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) of extreme weakness and dizziness have been caused by the same infusion gone-awry that began this downward spiral last March. He prescribed a high salt/high fluid diet along with the instructions to wait because sometimes it takes a long time for a body to heal.
I wonder if God’s people felt that same weariness of waiting as the centuries passed with no sight of the promised Messiah’s coming?
I wonder if they began to doubt that their nation would ever find the healing that only a Messiah could bring?
I wonder if the sight of that star shining so brightly over Bethlehem stirred something that had been buried so deeply that they had almost forgotten it was there?
Our Heavenly Father has called each of us to a place of waiting. The reasons and the seasons are different for each of us. But His ultimate purpose is the same that it was for those down-trodden people of Israel hidden away under the power of Roman rule.
He is transforming us into a people who will learn to wait WITH Him, to long for relationship, to seek His face in the middle of the longest nights, and to find a love deeper than we could ever know.
As I look to Him in this Season of Advent waiting, I find Him drawing me to look to Him for this season of my body’s waiting also.
Have you heard the message of “Wait for me; wait with me” being echoed in your own heart?
I would love to pray with you today:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We bow before You in reverence as we prepare our hearts for this Season of Advent. We remember the details of the story of how You sent Your only son as a vulnerable son of man to this earth we call home. We ask You to forgive us for the impatience that would rob our souls of the Joy of Your coming. We long to learn to wait WITH You, to see the way that You see, and to embrace Your heart of love in this season of night. Lift up our eyes to see Your star of hope shining over us here. And we will give You our hearts to hold in the wait.
In the name of Your Dear Son, Jesus, we pray,
I pray that you have a peaceful Christmas season with those that you love! I will be taking a blogging break until after the first of the year, but in the meantime, this page will stay open for you to enjoy the gift of this Advent Devotional:
A GIFT FOR YOU
I am so very blessed to offer to you, all my readers, a gift for this coming Christmas Season. Two years ago, my friend Ifeoma Samuel invited me to join her in writing a special month-long celebration of Christmas Family Devotions. And this year, she has so graciously compiled them into a beautiful book for download. You will find 25 short Devotions that are easy to read with your family during Advent. There are enriching activities that you and your family can join in with, helping to bring the joy and meaning of this Season more clearly into your lives.
HE CAME TO US!
Christmas is God’s gift of grace to us. And I pray that the gift of this e-book would be another way to share in that grace together. I will be offering this book here, available for free download to you my readers during the months of November and December. I am so grateful for each one of you.
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