Advent: December 21: Get Ready!

Nehemiah 8-10, Malachi 1,3,4, Ezra 7

I’m convinced that the Lord loves to make us wait for everything, but yet being patient for good things in expectancy is probably one of the hardest things we can do as human beings.

The world around us is enveloped in waiting…

Caterpillars go through metamorphosis inside the chrysalis for 2 weeks. During this time, the caterpillar liquefies and changes its DNA before transforming into a butterfly ready to make its grand arrival.

Elephants have a gestation period for nearly two years (that means that God is forming their little elephant baby inside the womb for 24 months)! Scientists believe this is because elephant’s brains are so large and require extra time to form in the womb.

Diamonds are formed over billions of years after carbon is subjected to intense heat and pressure 100 miles below the earth’s crust. Eventually, over years and years, they can be brought up to the earth’s surface through volcanic eruptions which take them up to the surface at 30 miles per hours.  If they weren’t taken up to the surface at that exact speed under those circumstances, they would be turned to graphite.

One thing is certain, in order for these phenomena to happen, everything has to be just right!

God’s rescue plan is much like that. He set the stage for years and years, making His mark, speaking through prophets, and preparing the way for the Messiah to come to save us. We had to wait for everything to be just right: for the family lineage to be correct, for the place to be spot on, and for the time to be the time appointed for His coming. They knew they had to be ready for this phenomenon to happen, even if they had to wait a bit for the prophecies to come true. After all, God places a lot of meaning in waiting.

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Go outside and find a place where you have fertile soil. Place a hardy cold-weather seed a couple of inches below the soil. Just leave it there. Place a marker in the ground with a label of the seed that you planted. The seed won’t sprout any time soon, but if the conditions are just right in the Spring, the seed will come out of the dormant state and it will begin to sprout.

APPLICATION

Think about God’s story and all He is doing in your life. Is there anything that you are waiting on Him for? Are you expectant? Do you believe that God will come through? Like a seed buried below the cold winter soil waiting for Spring, pray that God will make the conditions right, in His timing, for His will to be done in your life.

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