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When All the World Was Waiting
Today’s Reading: Luke 2:1–7

 
 


While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born.
(v. 6 NIV)


 

Tiny fingers opened the cardboard flap on the Advent calendar. A treat waited inside. The anticipation made even a small bit of chocolate seem like a treasure.

Our four children were wild with excitement during the Christmas season. The waiting seemed unbearable to them. But one thing brought peace: reading our favorite Christmas books. One year, we read an Advent devotional for children, When All the World Was Waiting. Cuddled under a comforter, we learned the world had waited and waited and waited some more for the birth of Christ. As we read, my own perspective changed.

Could our little ones’ impatience and eager anticipation help me understand a biblical truth? Since the awful entrance of sin, hadn’t all the world been waiting for the coming of the Messiah? Didn’t the prophets wail and weep for that day? Didn’t the scribes and teachers of the law search the Scripture in hopes of glimpsing the coming fulfillment? Didn’t hearts of the faithful break as they awaited their deliverance? Were some of God’s chosen people wild with excitement at the prospect of their coming King?

When the world could wait no longer, God acted: “When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son” (Galatians 4:4). The wait was over. At just the right time, God sent Baby Jesus—for us.

This year, as all the world waits and I watch my grandkids go crazy with anticipation, I’ll pray their hopefulness and expectancy will remind me to anticipate, with the same passion, the coming of Christ.

 
Kay Swatkowski
 
A Grandmother's Prayers