Does anyone else feel like Christmas is never going to get here? This morning I was gloomily humming, “I’m dreaming of a gray Christmas,” to the drumming of raindrops on the roof. I feel so sorry for the UPS delivery guys.
I opened my Advent Devotional today to read Isaiah 12. Funny thing is, Isaiah was not only in the middle of a horrible time in Israel’s history, he had to remind them about it! It’s like constantly pointing out that it is raining. But he is also full of hope…the Messiah will come! God will redeem Israel!
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
3 Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
4 And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
[a]Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
5 Praise the Lord in song, for He has done [b]excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
6 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Jesus did not stay a baby, and He spent most of His life working the family business. He went through the rainy days, and knew how hard it is to wait. But there was always hope. Hope because God was at work. Hope because Jesus had big news to share with Israel. Hope because He was Messiah.
Christmas remembers His birth. But it’s more than looking back to age “0.” It looks ahead through His life to the hope He spread, and it is looking forward to celebrating His return. And that will be a celebration to remember!
God, thank You for the rain. We need it, even while it dampens my attitude. But no matter what the weather is like, Christmas is coming. And Christ is coming back. And for now, You offer peace and hope and joy for each day. And that is a sweet sip from the “springs of salvation” for me! God, thank You for how You are at work, and please help me to see it more clearly in the days ahead. Thank You for the waiting. It’s like presents under the tree…they are more special with anticipation. And Christ is coming back. Hooray!