When I contemplate Joyful Waiting I think about the root words: Joy and Wait. Both of these words can bring an incredible amount of gratitude when we realize what Joyful Waiting meant over 2000 years ago.
Joy- A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. To Rejoice
When the Angels appeared to the shepherds while out in there fields tending sheep. Luke 2:10- but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
Wait- a period of waiting. or Used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen.
Wow, think about life before Jesus. A time where we heard about the Messiah coming, but when? Many people ended there lives before the Messiah ever came.
This takes me back to a thought about a vacation or something we look forward to. Part of the satisfaction of going on a vacation is planning the trip and when everything is planned waiting for the time to come when you will leave. Leading up to that time there is joy in waiting for the time to come. Not very often do we have joy in knowing our vacation is over:)
Back to waiting for Jesus to come. It is all planned out, Jesus will come back and take each one who surrendered their lives to Him. Take a moment to reflect and think: Is it planned out? If so, are you living with Joy as you Wait?
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