“A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
We are into Advent a couple days now . One theme that has always stood out for me personally is waiting, or anticipation. It can be exciting, as well as aggravating.
The people of God waited 4000 years for their savior. At times I bet they were pretty excited… coupled with frustrated that he hadnt shown up yet. These were a people who consistently endured one trial after another , some their own doing, but many times, not. Often the Jews were victims of circumstance, because this world, just like with us now, was not their own. It was merely a stop off point.
Often we can think “Hey, good things will eventually happen to me”. The people of God thought this for 4000 years. They thought eventually a King like David of old, would Triumphantly lead them to victory again. They were only half right. The challenge was understanding the victory wasn’t of things in this world, but something that had enslaved us far longer, something we inherited from our father Adam. Because of this, when Salvation did appear, many didn’t notice it, to the point where the instrument of that salvation was despised and rejected, scorned for our inequities.
I know in my own life.. Ive expected my own salvation to take one form or another. The problem is, where I can cry out to God what I think is wrong, only he really knows where the root of the problem is, and he’ll fix it, in his own way, in his own time. Until then.. I can only wait…get frustrated, and wait some more. After all.. It only took 4000 years for the Messiah to come… and fixed a way bigger problem then anything I could possibly carry
I disgress (We technical people tend to ramble on and politely call it that )
I’ve always liked “Veni Veni”, because of the humility that’s involved, but also the plain stupid faith. The song speaks directly to things to come.. and the joyful anticipation of those things “Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel, Shall come to Thee oh Israel!” Capturing this anticipation best is Trace Bundy’s arrangement (if you are a musician and unfamiliar, you should get familiar with him today) – So for your own meditation, and my own, please take a listen.
Come Lord Jesus Come Quickly.