God must know that I have a hard time waiting.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25
A movie that I always loved is “The Lakehouse.” It’s a story about love all caught up in time, and a house, and crazy happenings that make no sense in the real world.
Kind of like my own story some days.
In the final chapter of the movie, a note is passed between the two main characters, with a message that has these words:
Wait for me; wait with me.
I cried when I saw that message the first time, and I’ve cried every time I’ve re-watched the movie since then. It is a message that is being spoken to me by my Dear Shepherd, as He calls me to Himself in this journey of waiting for my broken family to be healed, waiting for forgiveness and softened hearts.
I have been waiting and praying and waiting some more. Anyone reading this post that has a prodigal child, knows the pain of a fractured family and knows the pain of waiting. It can be agonizing at times. It can be exhausting. It sometimes makes you feel a little bit lost. But those moments are the moments when I turn to Him.
I wonder if God’s people felt that same weariness of waiting as the centuries passed with no sight of the promised Messiah’s coming?
I wonder if they began to doubt that their nation would ever find the healing that only a Messiah could bring?
I wonder if the sight of that star shining brightly over Bethlehem stirred something that had been buried so deeply that they had almost forgotten it was there?
Our Heavenly Father has called each of us to a place of waiting. The reasons and the seasons are different for each of us. But His ultimate purpose is the same as it was for those down-trodden people of Israel hidden away under the power of Roman rule.
He is transforming us into a people who will learn to wait WITH Him, to long for a relationship with Him, to seek His face in the middle of the longest nights, and to find a love deeper than we could ever know.
As I look to Him in this Season, I find Him drawing me closer and telling me to look to Him in this season of my family's waiting also.
Have you heard the message of “Wait for me; wait with me” being echoed in your own heart?
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” Matthew 1:23
I would love to pray with you today:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We ask you to prepare our hearts for this season of waiting. Forgive us for our impatience that would rob our souls of the Joy of Your coming. We long to learn to wait WITH You, to see the way that You see, and to embrace Your heart of love. Lift up our eyes to see Your star of hope shining over us here. And we will give You our hearts to hold in the wait.
In Jesus name,
I hope you all have a peaceful Christmas season with those that you love!
Christmas is God’s gift of grace to us. Here is a free Christmas printable as my gift to you <3
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A lot of people have been asking what the devotional is that I have been doing for this Christmas season is. (the one I am journaling in my new Bible😍 to get used to it for the upcoming year lol). Here it is with a link for it if anyone wants it: