Over the course of the last week, I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our second child. As we moved closer to our due date (Sunday, 26SEP10), I became more and more excited. These thoughts echoed in my head and were reiterated by myself and others verbally time and time again.
Today could be the day…
Any moment now. ..
It could happen at any time…
Now, here we are 4 days after the due date and little has changed. We still have no new baby to show off to the world. We are still waiting with great expectation the arrival of this child. Our family and friends are excited to meet him/her. Coworkers keep asking about the status and are shocked when I show up at work every day.
I know that this baby will come sooner than later, at a time when I am not expecting it.
I know that this event will change everything in our family (again).
I know that there are a lot of people praying for us and praying for the little one’s arrival, and we appreciate those prayers.
But we would rather have the baby here with us now.
This has prompted me to think a lot about Christ’s impending return.
He will come when we are not expecting it. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
He will change everything (again). (Revelation 21:1)
There are lots of people praying for His arrival. Come Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)
Do I live with the eager expectation of Christ’s arrival?
Do I share this excitement with friends, family and coworkers?
Tragically, the answer is all too often a resounding “No!”, but I am challenged by this thought. I pray that I might begin to live for Christ with the same anticipation of His return that I have for my baby’s arrival.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 3:11)
Oh, and baby, if you want to arrive soon, that would be great too!