Love Came Down: Working in our Waiting
I hate waiting! I’m writing this in early November and yet my Christmas present is sat next to me; unwrapped and already in use. Ironically, for me this year could be summed up in two words: hope and waiting, themes that are central in the Christmas story.
Early in 2016 life looked bleak. On all sides (boys, work, friends, church) my world seemed to have fallen apart. The plea that resounds throughout my prayer journals from the time is for hope. In February I handed in my notice. On the day I did so an email landed in my inbox. Would I consider au pairing for a family of four children? One of the girls was called Hope.
Not every answer has been as instantaneous. Au pairing was a temporary solution so from March I was contemplating what next? From early July I was unemployed. By September I was still unemployed and had moved city. Twice.
It wasn’t until October 13th that I had a job. 9 months later. 9 months of waiting. Hoping. Trusting. Trusting in God’s promises that He cared for me, that His timing was perfect and that He would not let me go.
On some level Christmas is about a fulfilment to those promises. The wait is over! The ‘Wonderful Counsellor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ promised in Isaiah 9 has entered the world, ‘wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger’. It was not the answer anyone expected from an omnipotent God but it was the answer we needed. I never thought I would end up au pairing but that was the answer I needed.
But actually Jesus coming into world was not, and is not the end of the story. Even Easter is not the end. The world is still broken and in pain. We are still waiting. The wait of Advent mirrors the longer wait for the day that Jesus will enter the world again and there is a final fulfilment to the promise of Salvation.
This year has taught me what is worth waiting for, where my hope should lie and that God is with me.
It has taught me to celebrate what God has already done, and what He surely will do. This is why Christmas is worth celebrating. I am so grateful Jesus came into the world and the glorious hope He brought.
He was and is worth waiting for.
Emily has lived in three cities, five homes and had three jobs, all in 2016! She currently lives in Exeter where she works for a charity, worships at a church called Unlimited and loves being by the sea. She is passionate about seeing others fulfil the potential and unique calling God has given them- and thinks that if we can do this then we can change the world!