Time perspective depends on age. At this point in my life, time is a precious commodity and seems to hurry by, days into weeks into months. Speedy little hands and feet see it as ‘what’s next’ – Gwammy, is it time to go to the park? Time for snack? Time to read?
Now it’s time for Christmas. Advent calendars have only a few days left, green and red construction paper chains have only a few loops left. Wiser, older 3 year old brother/cousin anticipates the presents while the 1 and 2 year olds just think the crafts and goodies, in abundance lately, are plenty fun.
Anticipation. Two thousand years ago the world waited but had no idea anything of importance was at the ready. Today we live much the same way. Perspective this side of Christmas: we know Jesus came, and we wait for the Savior’s return. But do we realize the importance of what will soon take place when we least expect it? “In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to bring back the remnant of His people” (Isaiah 11:11a NLT)
Isn’t that the message of Christmas? Wrapped perfectly and given completely is Messiah. His birth the fulfillment of all God’s promises, His return the fulfillment of the perfect gift of Hope.
If Christmas ended with the knowledge He came, then, yes, that would be amazing – but it doesn’t end with His coming. Christmas is the beginning, it is the message to look forward. For Christ’s return is the forever that we all long for and the final fulfilment of God’s awesome plan.
“In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together…The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all… Nothing will hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD.”(Isaiah 11:6a, c, 9 NLT)
It’s time – time for us to know God’s Word well so that it is with us in heart and mind no matter where we are. Time to constantly rely on the Holy Spirit to see us through each moment of each day. Time to make sure those all around us cannot mistake that we are children of God.
Children already holding the Gift that is ours – but looking to the coming of the One who holds us. Merry Christmas always…
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 15:13 NIV)