When Waiting on the Lord is Hard

Waiting patiently has never been one of my best attributes.  My trouble started early on.  As a child, I always knew where my mother kept our Christmas gifts hidden, and I made it a point, with great regularity, to spy and peek at the stash.  I simply could not wait until Christmas.

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Does God Have a Plan?

Life has been busy and complicated of late.  Seasons like this sprinkle the timeline of our lives like snow (sometimes like a blizzard).  Busy doing what needs to be done…what has to be done.  Running to and fro.  Dealing with the challenges life has.  Aging parents.  Health concerns.  The future.  It seems as though everything else gets pushed aside.  Our good intentions become just that, intentions; things dreamed of or planned, but never coming to fruition.  The out-of-control elements of the day dictate its course.  Sometimes we simply feel like we are bobbing on the waves, being pushed to and fro, struggling to keep our heads above, at the mercy of the tide.

But then there is Christmas.  And there is Christ.  The reminder that the God of all the universe is mindful of me.  He knows of my struggle.  He knows my frame.  There is the reminder that through it all God has a plan.  He has a plan and purpose for all of the ups and downs of this life.  He is in control and always has been.  Nothing comes to pass in my life that has not already been permitted by His hand.  Permitted for His purpose, ultimately for His glory and my refinement.

And in the times where doubt grips my soul, in the moments where I wonder if God is there, is He hearing, is He seeing, does He know, I am reminded that God has always had a plan since the dawn of man, since His beginning, of which there was none.  He heard the cries of His people.  He saw their great need for redemption, and He knew the course that needed to be taken.  He always had a plan, and that plan began with Christ.

This Christmas I am reminded that God has a plan.  His plan not only meets the challenges of my day but my greatest need of all.  This plan to bring a Savior is the heart of Christmas.  It is the coming of Christ.  It is God in human form, coming to live among men, coming to die, coming to conquer sin and death, coming for me.

So if this season, be it the Christmas season or this season of life, has you wondering if God has a plan, know that yes indeed He does.  His plans are unfolding with each new day, with each new breath He gives.  He sees the grand picture and is piecing it together in His perfect timing, in His perfect way.

Let this Christmas be a reminder that God, who has orchestrated the redemption of  my soul, is working out His perfect plan in this day and the days to follow.