My five-year-old walked into the kitchen, put her hands on her hips, and declared, "I want to lose a tooth now! I'm tired of waiting!" I should have empathized with my girl's childish desire of losing her first tooth. Instead, I said, "Your life will be marked by waiting. Get used to it." It wasn't the most appropriate answer to give a young child, but at least it was honest.
The word I've heard more in my life than any other is "wait." Waiting is the prerequisite to anything significant. It cradles life events like bookends: when one season of waiting ends, another one begins. Waiting is a perpetual state, especially in a Christian's life.
The Bible illustrates this through the stories of men and women. A thread of waiting connects their individual stories to the more universal theme of waiting -- waiting for the Messiah. In the Old Testament, the Israelites waited for the Messiah to come. Four hundred years passed between the end of the Old Testament and the coming of John the Baptist. Shortly after, was the first coming of the Messiah. Now we're in the same season of waiting. We're waiting for Jesus to come again. The earth and our hearts groan for the second coming of our Savior.
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