Advent. The Coming. With every coming there is a period of waiting. This season of waiting serves as a testing ground of sorts, where hope and patience are stretched to the utmost, where anticipation is built, and mounting tension is clearly felt.
As Christians we spend this Christmas season, together, celebrating the birth of Christ. It's during advent that we remember how Christ entered into the world in human flesh. The long awaited prophecies were to be fulfilled at this God appointed time. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given..." Can you just imagine the enormity of that moment? Generation, after generation, after generation of people waiting. Yet God came rather silently. Humbly. A select few were lead to this newborn king. Despite it's grandeur, it was all rather peaceful.
Advent isn't just fulfilled in a manger though. Advent is found at the cross. At Golgotha where blood was shed and cries broke forth from His chest piercing the heavens. This too was a fulfillment. As Christians we're in a season of advent even now, and have been for hundreds of years. We're still waiting for this same King, the Christ, riding on the mighty steed. Advent does not end on December 25th, but will continue until His return.
Waiting is by no means an easy thing though. Living in tension never is. Fears, worries, anxieties, and frustrations rear their ugly head. If you're like me, you're tempted to listen to them rather than the hope that's being whispered to your heart. You're torn. Part of you wants to just give up. After all, that would be easiest thing to do. But then the other part of you can't give up because despite it's difficulty "it's hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but it's even harder to give up when you know it's everything you want." Tension.
Tension can be tiring to the human soul, heart, and mind. Tension brings weariness with it. I believe you and I can relate to the Israelites in this way. Tension for a few thousand years surely had to have been exhausting for the nation. But, they pressed on with hope and continued to pray and persevere. So must we. And when the weariness sinks in, find rest in God's promises. Kindle hope. Epiphany will come.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
~O Holy Night~