Anticipation is something we all understand. We all know what it feels like to look forward to something. As the day draws near, the excitement builds until it peaks as the anticipated event happens. Right now, my wife and I understand this well as we await the birth of our first grandchild.
The other night, my son called to let us know that his wife was having contractions that were about 10 minutes apart. We soon went to their house to wait together. All night, the contractions continued without getting any closer. After returning home, we rejoined them at the hospital on Saturday to find out what was happening. After an hour on the monitor, the nurse came and explained that everything was fine, but that this was not active labor. We are still waiting with anticipation.
Christmas season is all about anticipation. My encouragement: anticipate ways you can bring joy to others during this time of the year, anticipate seeing God in action around you, anticipate partnering with God to bring his good news to people who need to experience it. Look for ways to be a positive influence and when you see opportunity, take action.
I’m looking forward to the new life soon to enter the Hurley household. Make time during the holiday season to thank God for the new life he promises to everyone through Jesus.