the exhale

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Something interesting happened the other day that made me exhale. Mia had a bad morning and was vehemently opposed to getting out of the van at school. We had some Christmas music playing to try and soother her. Tiffany and I were also talking about something horrific that happened in the world. There was so much happening in that little snapshot of time, but everything seemed to stop.

Dean Martin’s version of “Silver Bells” was playing on the radio. I was transported back to elementary school when my brother, Greg, and I sang that song in the school Christmas program. And then the tag line of the chorus: soon it will be Christmas Day.

There it was. The exhale.

In the midst of the stress in the van and stress in the world that led to stress in me, that one line — soon it will be Christmas Day — transported me to a yearning for the still peace of Christmas morning. A great expectation, indeed. But it wasn’t just in that one moment, for it speaks to the yearning of creation, too…the need of God to show up at just the right time to slow the roll on all the craziness that affects us, inside and out.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law” (Galatians 4:4, NLT). I think Paul wrote that with a sense of urgency. Not for what happened, but what was to come. They knew Jesus promised to come back and save everyone, so that yearning was for the victorious return of Jesus to set everything right. I feel it. Do you?

If you are consumed by chaos and craziness right now, know that Christmas Day is coming. Also know that Jesus will return. Turn to Him in prayer and wait with great expectation, for soon it will be Christmas Day. Know this, too: Christ will return, just as He promised, and set everything right, calming the chaos we must endure out in the world and in your soul.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for showing up at just the right time to settle me in the midst of life’s chaos. I know you came and promised to come again, so allow that hope to center my life in you, regardless of what comes my way. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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