“A voice cries out: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3 NRSV)
Advent is a season of preparation. We prepare to celebrate the birth of a Savior. We prepare for his return to us. Sometimes it seems that we try to do all of this in one short month. We get tired. We get frustrated. And, we wonder, will we get there?
Preparation, when done right, is hard work. As we look forward to and await the return of our Lord Jesus, we may think that it will never happen. Recently our son reminded me of an experience that Ginny and I had on our first trip to Colorado. Coming across the plains from Kansas into Colorado we could see the mountains on the horizon. Knowing that our destination was at the base of the mountains we thought we were almost there, regardless of what the map was telling us. We drove all that day and part of the next before we got there.
In our celebration of Christmas, we see our destination. With the birth of the Son of God we can see what the kingdom of God will be like. We long for His return, for the way of the Lord. We travel on, seeing it on the horizon. We prepare for the reality of it. And we get tired as we journey.
If you look a little further in chapter forty of Isaiah, you will find these words of encouragement:
“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NRSV)
Let us continue to prepare the way of the Lord.
Lord God, thank you for the eagle’s wings to sustain us in our journey. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!