Wow. December’s moving fast, we’re already in the second week. So that’s… a week and six days till Christmas!
*hysterical laughter* 🤣🤪😂
Okay, okay. Enough laughter and hysterics. Let’s move over to today’s post:
This is season where we wait for the coming of Christ into the world. If we’re to rewind to about two thousand years ago, we’d see the people of Israel waiting for the coming of the Messiah.
According to the Catholic doctrine, this period is called ‘Advent’, and advent simply means ‘waiting’. So, we are in a time of waiting.
But what are waiting for?
Yeah, sure. We know we’re waiting for the coming of Christ, but on a personal note, what are you waiting for?
A priest in my church, in his homily last week Sunday, said that 2021 was the worst year he had ever seen in his life. When he said that, I began to ask myself if it was actually true. In my case, I can’t say it’s the worst year so far. All I can say is that I went through a lot this year.
And it was because I went through a lot this year that I had not yet realised what this period of waiting is all about. My head was still full of thoughts about all the problems I’d faced – and am still facing – this year. I didn’t have the hope that some of them could be solved completely, all I wanted to do was to get through them.
That was actually my thing this year: get through it. “When something bad happens, don’t cry; push it behind you, put your game face back on and get through it,” was my unconscious watchword.
Awesome motto, right?
It was because I always had to get through it that I forgot that God promised that we wouldn’t go through our problems alone.
I forgot that I had ‘a hope’ in God.
Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you haven’t yet realised that we have an anticipation when we’re with God. Hebrews 13:5 says:
So that means that we always have something to look forward to, in every part of our lives.
But although God helped me solve all my problems this year, one problem lingered, and it’s been lingering for years. Whenever it seems like it’s going away, it comes back worse than ever.
And that was the problem that was keeping me from seeing the hope I had in God.
All I want to say today is that, in this time of waiting, no matter the kind of craziness that’s going on in your life, YOU HAVE AN EXPECTATION IN GOD.
The birth of Christ signifies the fulfillment of an age-long promise, the insertion of joy into the world after centuries of sadness, captivity and grief. God is telling you today that although that problem might not be solved today, next week, or even this year, He wants you to have joy.
Be joyful because you have a God that can do ANYTHING. He knows you’re going through that problem, but He’s permitting it maybe because He wants you to learn something from it. Maybe He wants to teach you endurance. I’ve learned that God never gives us more than we can handle, because He doesn’t want our problems to overwhelm and kill us.
I’m not writing this because my problem has been solved. My problem is yet to be solved, yo! But I won’t despair, I won’t fall back into my get through it mindset. I’ll tell God everything, ask Him to help me carry the burden, and just be happy that I have a Friend that’ll walk me through it.
And what better way to source out joy than to count your blessings? Count your blessings, dear reader, name them one by one. Amidst all the ups and downs this year brought, there’s NO WAY God didn’t do anything good for you.
In my case,
- I’m thankful that I wasn’t a victim of the unknown gunmen crisis in my country, even on days when they shot at places near my house.
- I’m thankful that my loved one survived and recovered from a car accident.
- I’m thankful that although times were VERY HARD in Nigeria this year, God always provided. No matter how small, He always provided.
- I’m thankful that God saw me through IT ALL. *happy tear*
And if I can say this much, you can too.
So, dear reader, in this time of waiting, forget all that’s happened. If there is any difficulty that lingers, tell God all about it, and pray for Him to help you get through it. He will. I promise you He will.
Also, pray to God to forgive you of all your failings, for all the times you gave in to temptation, because don’t you think it would be better if you receive the joy of Christmas with a clean and clear heart? I think that would be better. So, go to God, tell Him all your wrongs, and ask Him to wash you clean of them.
We might not get it right the first time, but God will see our effort. He’ll see how much we’re trying to let go of our problems so we can be joyful in Him. And He will surely bless us with the joy of Christmas. Amen.
I know this post is kinda long, but I also know that it didn’t just beat around the bush. It touched a part of you… just as I prayed it would.
Yours in Christ,