During Christmas, I often think about how long the prophets waited in anticipation of the coming Savior. Many of them didn’t live to see him. In fact, Simeon, prayed to God to live just to see the savior born.
The advent season (the days leading up to Christmas) are always a reminder that God is with us and working in our waiting. The days of waiting are hazy and filled with fog. Most times we feel like we will never be able to see the end of this trial, suffering, or in-between. We often give up and throw infinite pity parties or try to create our own ways out. But, often we come back to the realization that we must wait, even when it seems unending.
As the sun rises, the fog clears. There is a salvation coming in each of our prayers. A moment of clarity. An unexpected breaking of dawn. The prophets held their breath in anticipation for the greatest salvation humans would ever know; we can breathe sighs of relief knowing that the Savior has already come and his Spirit lives in us, giving us authority and freeing us to wait... in confidence. We can wait knowing the fog is just an illusion. We can see the end. We’ve already been told how it’s all going to turn out. We just have to believe it.
“This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.”
1 Peter 1:10-12 NLT