Suspecting I was pregnant, I left a sample with the nurse I worked with and tried to go back to my receptionist duties while she performed the test. I answered phones, greeted patients and scheduled appointments for what seemed like hours but in reality was only minutes. She soon returned, trying not to show any emotion on her face, and slipped a small piece of paper in my jacket pocket. After making sure no one was looking in my direction, I pulled the slip out and read the words: POSITIVE! Positive, we were going to have a baby. Positive, our lives were about to change forever.
After sharing the news with family and friends the waiting began. I was so excited! It seemed like everything we did in those months was somehow in preparation for her arrival from planning of the nursery (primary colors) to the choosing of her name (Bethany). We lived in constant anticipation and expectation of her arrival. Although it's been years (she is a beautiful young adult), I will never forget that anticipation.
This season of Christmas is a time we reflect upon the birth of Jesus. God sent the angel Gabriel to his chosen servant Mary to deliver the news. "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." "You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." (see Luke 1)
This baby's birth was anticipated like none had ever been before or none will ever be. This tiny infant, born in a humble stable, was come to deliver us. This little baby who would learn, and laugh, and love like other children would one day be the King of Kings.
Just as His earthly birth was so greatly longed for, how much more should we expect and prepare for His daily arrival in our hearts and lives. He so wants to fellowship with us.
My life gets so busy, so full, that I often, like the innkeeper, have no room for Him. But I long to make room, so much room, in my heart this day. I want to anticipate His arrival daily, with great expectation. He is already here waiting.
Merry Christmas friends!
Here is a link to the beautiful Christmas song, You're Here by Francesca Battistelli - enjoy!