Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri is a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
Watch the Wednesday Wanderings Welcome for this week.
Now that we have cleared our minds of the clutter, we can wander on the journey of waiting.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering, we examined the arrival of Jesus who is Emmanuel, God with Us. This week we will look forward to waiting for the second coming of Christ our Savior and Hope. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you with hope and joy.”
PROMISE: Matthew 1:21
21 She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The Lord is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.
The birth of Jesus is the eternal gift that keeps on giving. The birth of Christ, Emmanuel, was a gift to remind us that God is with us, Jesus will save us, and He will return for us. We can never exhaust unwrapping the blessings of Jesus’ birth, burial, and resurrection.
PSALM: Angels from the Realms of Glory by James Montgomery.
Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In his temple shall appear.
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
The Advent is about waiting. From Thanksgiving to Christmas day, we pause and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But Advent also reminds us to prayerfully await and prepare for the second coming of Christ. Waiting for Christmas is easier because we know the date and can count down the days. Waiting for Christ’s second coming is more challenging because we do not know the day or the hour that He will return. So, what are we to do while we wait? According to Montgomery, as we hopefully await the return of Jesus–just as shepherds, wise men, and sages before us–we are invited to come offer Jesus our gift of worship.
PARABLE: Waiting is not often associated with hope. Waiting can produce frustration. What do you think about when you think of the word WAIT? Whenever I think about waiting, I think about pregnancy. Maybe it is because my first pregnancy was premature and during my second pregnancy, I was on bed rest for seven and a half months. These experiences taught me the lessons of waiting.
Even in the best of circumstances, pregnancy produces a natural period of waiting. It could not have been easy waiting to give birth to the Son of the Most High. I wonder what the wait was like for Mary as she awaited the birth of a son who would be the light of the world? Did she think about what He would look like? Did she imagine cuddling God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? Did she read the prophecy of His birth to Him while He was in her womb? Did she worry about how she would nurture His gifts and His purpose?
I believe Mary understood the value of waiting and gives us a template of what to do while we wait for Jesus to return. After being visited by the Angel Gabriel, she paused to seek clarification of God’s promise (Luke 1:28, Luke 1:34); she responded with a prayer of acceptance of God’s will and purpose (Luke 1:38); she prepared to trust and believe the promise given to her (Luke 1:45); and then she worshiped with hope and joy while she waited (Luke 1:46-47). We learn from Mary’s experience of the miraculous birth of Jesus that waiting teaches us to pause, pray, prepare and worship.
PONDER and WANDER:
CHRISTmas is an opportunity to ponder God’s promises, remember God’s presence, and to anticipate Christ’s return. As Saints of God, our wait has not ended with the unwrapping of the presents. The celebration continues as we wait with hope and expectancy that we still have the greatest gift coming (Titus 2:13) when Jesus will complete His saving work. When we apply the lessons of waiting, we can endure the wait of the return of our King with hope and joy. When our hearts are filled with hope and joy, we will worship.
Ponder the Questions: Do I wait for Christ to return as expectantly as I wait for Christmas Day? What am I doing while I wait?
Soul care training exercise: We don’t know when Jesus will return. For now, we can focus on preparing during the new year.
Take a few minutes to breath in and out. As you invite the Holy Spirit to illuminate your spiritual senses:
Pray and seek God’s Purpose (Proverbs 3:6) for your life in 2020.
Next, Prepare (Jeremiah 29:11) and seek God’s plan of how you will serve Him and others in 2020 as you wait for Jesus to return.
Finally, offer Christ the gift of your Worship.
Merry CHRISTmas, follower friends! May the hope of our God fill you with joy and peace throughout the year!
PRAYER: Thank you Jesus for being the greatest present ever given to the world! I am filled with hope and joy because you chose to be my Savior. Next week, I may forget the gifts under the tree, but I will remember you. I am so glad that every day you fulfill your promises within my life. Help me to be mindful, this year, of your eternal blessings. In the name of Jesus, Emmanuel, I pray. Amen.
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to thank God for His Presence! Let the work of your wandering fill you with hope and anticipation that Jesus will return for us!
Then take the mindfulness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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