Some things can’t come soon enough, like …
- The day the miracle cream delivers on its promise and erases my telltale signs of aging.
- An end to road construction so freeways allow me to actually move at posted speeds.
- The season finale of “Parenthood,” and I discover if Christine wins her mayoral race and Amber marries Ryan.
- The national health insurance website working as planned, and finger-pointing and “I-told-you-so’s” stop.
- A cure for cancer and life-threatening illnesses.
- Peace in the Middle East.
- The arrival of our long-awaited first grandchild.
Waiting can feel like an eternity, especially when the end is not in sight or unknown. And what if what I’m waiting for does not come?
Surely, the Israelites asked the same question when living in exile and under oppression. “How long, O, Lord,” they cried. Charles Wesley captured their longing in his hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of God appear.
Their Savior couldn’t come soon enough.
Timing to realize our deepest desires and longing is often not known. But, the Good News? Christ came and is coming again. Soon.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeing will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. (Malachi 3:1-3, NLT)
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