This past Wednesday I scurried around getting all the groceries I needed before a huge snowstorm was expected to hit. Then, the snow began to fall. What started out as a dainty dusting quickly piled up covering the ground. As I rocked my daughter to sleep that night, the notification came across my phone- school was closed for Thursday. I had expected school to close. Why? Because I had seen both the forecast and I watched the snow falling from the sky. My expectations were met.
Thursday morning my daughter stood at the front door watching my husband shovel piles of snow off our walkway. I had told her that she could play in the snow as soon as Daddy finished shoveling! She waited expectantly at the front door. This was her first real experience with snow since last winter she was just a tiny babe. As she stood there waiting, I couldn’t help but think about the expectations that I had for this year. Expectations about starting a new school year, making new friends in a new town, expectations for my daughter. Even now, in the season of advent, we are expectantly waiting on the Lord to come and fulfill His promise. The promise of a Messiah. The promise of hope, salvation, and joy.
As my daughter looks out the window awaiting the promise of playing in the snow, I can rest assured that despite my shortcomings God is faithful to keep his promises. I can look to Him, and expect Him to be faithful. This year brought tension, disappointment, and lots of waiting. It brought unmet expectations and disappointment. In contrast, God always keeps his promises. Even in the mist of unmet earthly expectations, He is faithful to bring about His promise of the Messiah who saves us from our sins. All throughout the Bible God forecasts the coming of the Messiah. He provides the expected Messiah! I encourage you during this week leading up to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, to look to God. Wait on Him to fulfill His promises; He will not disappoint.
But after he had pondered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to embrace Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”