For children, this time of year is about the waiting. Eagerly waiting for Santa to come and bring gifts under the tree. The anticipation of Christmas morning and running downstairs to open gifts. I remember as a child being so excited for Christmas morning and seeing what Santa had brought.
This is a season of waiting for many people. Waiting for our families to arrive and the anticipation that goes along with the waiting. For some, you may be waiting on news from a doctors report, waiting with anxiety and worry to see what might be next steps. I can’t imagine the waiting Mary and Joseph were going through as they awaited the arrival of Jesus. What thoughts went through their minds?
I marvel at God’s faithful provisions. He faithfully provided for Mary and Joseph. Even though they had to travel while she was pregnant for the census, God provided them a place to lay their heads and for her to have the Christ. I am sure there were amazed that God provided a manger for Christ’s birth, it sheltered them and was all that was needed. God knows exactly what we need before we even know it ourselves.
We needn’t wait on His presence to help us get through the waiting or even through the worry. He is present, walking with us as we wait. He is already at work in our circumstances and just waiting for us to approach Him while we are in the midst of what may be challenging times. There are gifts in the waiting as well. We have the blessed opportunity to see God at work and to share His work with others. He is the God of all comfort and can fill us with a peace and the ability to trust upon His timing.
Yesterday I was in the waiting. A pesky kidney stone had decided to plague my little holiday and unfortunately it is something that needed taking care of before we could leave to spend the holiday with Maurice’s mom. God had already been at work in the background. From the ease of getting a doctor’s appointment, to being able to walk straight over for a CT scan that was ever so revealing. What started out as an appointment for one thing is now a surprise appointment for a stent and a future stone blasting.
God is so gracious to have continued keeping me uncomfortable enough that I would have even gone to the doctor. I can’t imagine what could have happened had we traveled and I needed to take of this while we were away. You see, God only blessed me with one kidney at birth and a stone blocking the way is something that needs to be taken care of rather quickly.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:4-8)
This passage was helpful to me yesterday, so I diverge a little from what I normally write about because I wanted to share my experience of God providing all that I need. Yesterday I did my best to keep my eyes fixed on God. I was able to rejoice(ok that might be stretching it a little bit), in my newly found stone, but I was very grateful it wasn’t something more serious. Because of my past experience with the faithfulness of God, it was a little easier to rest on His timing of the scheduling of the stent and trust Him as I still need to wait on the timing for the stone removal when we return. Though the timing of this is not ideal, God is good and will see me through. Maybe my experience yesterday, will help you cling just a little tighter to God and reach a little deeper in prayer to our great God and keep your eyes open to see Him at work around you. I pray God provides a passage of scripture to encourage you as you seek Him today and may you cast your cares on Him though prayer, experiencing His love for you.