My granddaughter is expecting a new baby in March. It’s fun to watch her belly grow with a new life moving inside her. Though it was many years ago, I still recall the absolute miracle of a new person stirring around inside of me- separate from me yet in me. We have a beautiful painting of Mary holding her ripe belly while riding on a donkey to pay taxes in Bethlehem. She had been told that she would bear the Son of God…yet how she must have pondered what that would mean even before He was born. Very few on earth knew the most important birth to ever take place was quickly approaching. Yet every being in heaven waited with great anticipation for the long-awaited Messiah. Little did anyone know how differently the birth of the King would play out than most expected.
It’s almost impossible to tell an expectant mother how much her life will change and how much love she will have for her soon-to-be-born baby. It has to be experienced. Mary already loved Jesus before she ever saw or held him. She accepted and believed that she would bear the Son of God. As she traveled the road towards Bethlehem, there’s no way she could know, not only how her life would change, but everyone else’s life would never be the same. She traveled a hard road while expecting Jesus.
Father, it’s only a few days until Christmas when we celebrate our Lord’s birth. There is much anticipation. We all await Jesus still. We wait for Him to be born in us so we can have eternal life; we wait for Him to live in us through the Holy Spirit; we wait for Him to work in and through us in every situation. We wait for His return. We wait upon You, Lord, believing that Jesus is Your one and only Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords- given by You so we can experience Him living and working in us! We are watching for You and expecting You. Come, Lord Jesus, come!
“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:45
“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you; Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one can take away your joy.” John 16:21-22
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13
Father, help me watch with expectation for…