So I can’t believe a week’s gone by with no post… ’tis the season, right? We are busy wrapping and making gifts, and we made a (very) last minute decision to stay home this week instead of traveling north to be with family. It was such a hard decision, but the hustle and bustle just felt too overwhelming this year.
How is it that Christmas has turned into something so not refreshing?
While I have had some sad moments already thinking about my family gathered together for a week of Christmas festivities, I really believe this is an important time for our little family. We have been enjoying each day as we celebrate the season together, doing less busy things and more family things. I am praying for a refreshing week for Adrian and I, and for our kids. I pray you will make time to slow down and enjoy this advent season as well.
Speaking of slowing down, Adrian’s third guest post is in, and he says a few things about it.
enjoy :) -Lauren-
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6 Most of us who are familiar at all with the story know that these words, from the prophet Isaiah, were spoken hundreds of years before Christmas ever happened. The generations of people who heard these words did so believing, hoping, and waiting for what was to come. If you read Lauren’s post from earlier this month, you know that we have been spending a lot of time trying to understand the idea of waiting. Here’s a shocking revelation: I’m terrible at it.
There are two types of people in the world, those who need a plan and those who can make it up as they go. I am much more like the first group than the second. I need a plan, want a plan, love following a schedule, an order, a structure. I am lost without it. And so when we get to the story of Christmas, it is this aspect of waiting that I find the most challenging, yet fascinating. How is it that people waited all of those years for God’s promise? Many people spent their entire lives without truly seeing anything. Many must have wondered if it would really happen. “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30-33 Christmas is about a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me, at least this year, it’s about waiting. Jesus was (and is) the fulfillment of everything God came to show us. He truly was Immanuel, “God with us”. God came, not just to love us, or show us compassion, but to literally put skin on and enter our suffering and brokenness. Jesus came…but not as we would have thought. Not when we thought, not how we thought…really none of it was how we would have written the story. And yet, God did exactly what He had promised. This gives us great hope. Today, in this moment, we need an intimate, relational God like never before. A God who is not distant from us, but enters into our suffering and brokenness. Many of us feel like we are waiting…but nothing is happening. We read God’s promises and even believe them, yet we are left waiting. We are tempted to give up on God. At times we feel like He’s given up on us. This year let the story of Christmas remind you that God truly is with us. In our frantic and scheduled lives, we need everything now. Waiting makes us uneasy, anxious, and even angry. Perhaps we miss what it is that God is doing within us as we wait. Jesus came in a way no one would have expected, and today, He desires to enter into our world in much of the same way. I invite you to join me during this season when life gets busier to stop: Wait! Remember God is with us, even when his plan and timing don’t seem to match up with your plans and your timing. And as you wait, may you worship like never before.
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7)