Today, I have a construction crew at my house. The dust is swirling, the hammers are banging, and the tools are whizzing as the men reconstruct my house. Life is pretty crazy here. Not the ideal time to have a work crew in your home when you’re wanting to decorate for Christmas but sometimes, we don’t have a choice. Unexpected happenings take us by surprise.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
We have longed for this renovation for years. We saved our pennies, looked at gazillions of pictures for ideas, and watched endless hours of HGTV. All of our hopes and dreams, preparations and planning couldn’t have anticipated that we would be a construction zone through the holidays. A window of opportunity in the workmen’s schedule brought the day unexpectedly.
In ancient times, the Jews hoped for their Messiah. They waited in great anticipation for a king like their beloved King David that would bring restoration and unity to the nation. Then their hope came unexpectedly indwelling flesh. He didn’t arrive as they had imagined. So they continue to hope and wait.
“Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring … ” Charles Wesley
The season of Advent began yesterday. This season is a time of celebration, of anticipation, and of remembrance. I will spend the days preceding Christmas celebrating the birth of Christ as well as remembering and rejoicing over all Jesus fulfilled in His first coming. Like the Jewish people that yearn and long for their Messiah, I am also reminded during this season to yearn for His Advent -‘the coming‘ – of Jesus’ reign in glory as I look forward with hopeful longing to His second coming. I will also celebrate the continual presence of Jesus in my heart and life.