A Few of my Favorite Things #13…The Suspense!

It is SO hard for me to wait until Christmas.  Not for what I’m going to get…for what I’m going to GIVE!  Oh it kills me every year.  I always say…especially to my sweet husband…Can’t I just give you your gift early?  However…I have only since recently realized that one of my favorite things at Christmas is the suspense of waiting for weeks to see if my beloved ones will adore what I have picked out for them.  Who knew?

A friend of mine will be traveling over Christmas and planned to exchange gifts with her family the night before they leave.  Her husband however talked her into doing it a few days early so they had Christmas together on Sunday.  At first I was excited and thought How fun!…but then really surprised myself when I realized…I wouldn’t want to do that.  I actually like the suspense!?  Now for them they always do this because they are gone over Christmas and New Years celebrating with both of their families and understandably want to have Christmas at home as an immediate a family.  Being that we are always home for Christmas exchanging early I now see is just not an option.  There is significance in waiting.

I know it isn’t a coincidence that the Lord has shown me in recent weeks how important waiting patiently actually is.  Partaking in Advent is a celebration of the hope, peace, joy and love that we can only find in Christ as we are awaiting His return.  I’m not just passing time here…God has a plan for me.  While it is so hard to wait sometimes…the suspense of His brilliant, unfathomable plan is so exciting.  To think…He has let me be a part of it?   However a tiny sliver of a piece of the ginormous puzzle I may be…it’s amazing to think He’s using my story somehow!  It’s actually His story in me and far greater than I could ever dream.  There’s a reason for all the pain…all the hurt…all the struggle even if I can’t see it. 

I read on a friend’s Facebook page today that scientists are trying to unlock the key to immortality…a “cure” for aging…up to a thousands of years!  All I can say to that is a polite No thank you!  My perspective varies from most but I don’t want to live here a second longer than I have to.  After all, the glory of living in Heaven awaits where there will be no more pain…no more hurt…no more struggle.  Why would I want to stay here?  With that being said I’ve gone from the selfish get me out of here attitude to one of exciting suspense…waiting for my King however long that may take to see the wonders of His love unfold.  The waiting I used to dread is now something I actually like!?  Who knew? 

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.   Titus 2:11-14

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