This is part of an ongoing series during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. To engage further in the #QuarantineSoulCare series, click here.
When God went his Son to be born into the world, four hundred years had passed since the people had heard a word from the Lord. It’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around that much time, that much waiting. Not only had they not heard a word, but neither had their parents, their grandparents, or their great-grandparents. … They likely could not remember the last person in their family lineage who had heard a fresh word from the Lord. That feels pretty hopeless to me. I think I would stop believing—and stop waiting—if I couldn’t even find the last person who had any real evidence of good news. …
In these four hundred years, God allowed a famine in the land. Not a famine of food, but indeed a famine of his word. In the silence, the people began to burn with a deep hunger for the sound of his voice. Sometimes God does that. He makes us wait so we can remember what we want the most.
After so many hundreds of years, the time came. Came. When Luke wrote the account of the birth of Jesus, he used that very phrase: “The time came for her baby to be born.” … When I am in a season of waiting, I can only seem to notice the passing of time in a negative way, like it’s slipping through my fingers, and I can’t stop it. … It’s getting away from me. But Luke turned that whole perspective upside down. Time isn’t merely passing. Quite the contrary, my friend. The Time is coming.
God wants to do something unique in my heart and in yours, and the process gives him fertile ground to do important work in our hearts, our relationships, and our very lives while we wait for the time to come. Waiting can be sacred space. It does not have to be passive or inactive. Actually, it can be filled with heartfelt anticipation and deep intention, and even sprinkled with joy.
The further you get from the beginning of the wait, the closer you are to what will become yours. A time is coming.
Your time is coming.
God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I need comes from him, so why not?
–Psalm 62:1-2, The Message