It was a cold, clear night and the young sheepherders were standing watch as they did every night. The routine of their work settled into the passing of the hours as their eyes beheld the stretch of pasture before them. It was a night like any other night. A day like any other day. A day like yours or mine.
A day at the office.
A day of diapers and barely-avoided disasters.
A day juggling three jobs with no help.
A day filled with the mundane and ordinary.
A day waiting.
Waiting for something to happen.
Waiting for something to change.
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” Luke 2:9
“But the angel said to them. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people.” Luke 2:10
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you,” Luke 2:11
To you and to me.
He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11
“Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying.” Luke 2:13
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is well pleased.” Luke 2:14
Our God is a God of suddenly! He is a God who suddenly shows up in the anguish of love, the bitterness of shattered dreams, the tears of the past and in the moments of the mundane. He is a God whom we can suddenly encounter in the silence of prayer and the call of His Word. Or in the kindness of a friend. His presence suddenly changes our fear to joy and our despair to hope.
He is our Savior who rescued us from the bondage and death of sin. The Christ-child born of humility who, by our faith in him, reconciles us to God so that we may live at peace with Him.
God is pleased with you. In you He sees his Son.
After the angel told the sheepherders, they ran off to see for themselves. There was much excitement about this greatest birth in human history. This arrival that had been waited for. This arrival that happened in an ordinary place, on an ordinary night.
The arrival of Hope.
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
I pray you will store up the treasure of Jesus in your heart. I pray you will reflect and pray and listen. I pray you will wait on the God of Suddenly. We are people who have IN us the hope of Christ as our reality, and we wait. We praise Him in gratitude for what He has done for us, and we wait in hope for what He WILL do for us.
In the waiting, we are being remade. We are learning to trust.
“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
We dwell in hope, we wait in hope, we are people of Hope.
Today I’m grateful for waiting.
What are you grateful for today?