“The longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” Romans 8:25
Each year, I experience Advent as if I’m pregnant for the first time. There was great joy when the doctor affirmed my suspicion of being pregnant. I delighted in every phase of the wait to the day when the baby would be in my arms instead of hidden below the tent covering my bulging belly.
I believe God designed woman to spend nine months in waiting for the birth of a baby to prepare her mind, house, and budget for the addition to the family. Advent gives us only four weeks to prepare our hearts for something even greater than our own children—the Messiah—who came to change the world.
A fun part of the Christmas “wait” is the sighting of trays filled with Christmas goodies. It seems odd that we choose to bake cookies and make candies as a part of the “wait” of Advent. If we “wait” by enjoying Christmas treats, no doubt we will become larger, which doesn’t translate to becoming more joyful (as related in the scripture above).
Lord, come quickly. I don’t wait very well. Amen.