I read this today in our Jesse Tree devotional by Ann Voskamp, “sometimes in waiting for what we long for, we praise God long when the gift comes at last. Sometimes God has his people wait long so our gratitude becomes deeper and wider.”
Wow, hard to read those words to the kids without getting choked up. These words spoke right straight to my heart. We are waiting…
Waiting for our child. Waiting for this baby that has been promised by Him. Waiting for our time….arms stretched wide, hearts stretched too.
I am so thankful I am married to a man who is wonderfully different than me… he is gracious, he trusts, he is strong, he is steady…he feels deep but, he also thinks clearly with head and heart. He reminds me to be patient; to wait, even though it is hard, it is best.
Today, I struggle in my thoughts…as I am blessed with a few hours of quiet, alone, I realize I am acting like a brat on one hand and a victim on the other. I need balance! I need to not live with an entitled attitude but also live loved; really believing that He is good and trustworthy- and yes, He knows when the time is just right.
He speaks right to heart, “Am I enough?”
“All of You, is more than enough for all of me- for every thirst and every need. You satisfy me with Your love and all I have in You is more than enough” (Chris Tomlin) Lord, help this to be true, really deep down true- that You are enough for me. Forgive my discontentment, my control, my temper tantrums!
Hard words for me to sing “more than enough” because it might mean I have to give something precious up, or it might not…Abraham and Isaac…but, either way, it will be sweeter- harder but sweeter.
I look up and see the ornament- the one with Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the stable.
God knew when just the right time was to send the baby….the Lord, the Savior.
There were many people who waited and waited, wanting Him to come sooner.
But, God knew when just the right time was, when the circumstances were just so…
I am sure there were those who ached and longed for the Savior, who didn’t understand why He hadn’t come when they wanted Him to.
At just the right time He came- more than enough.
Oh Lord, on this side of waiting– help us to be so deeply thankful that You have already sent Your son- the greatest gift ever!
And Lord, on this side of waiting for our baby to come- help us to keep trusting, to keep seeking, to keep sharing, to let You keep us as we entrust You to fulfill Your promise of his/her coming and of Your coming (again). Amen.