To fully learn about expectation, we must find ourselves going back to the garden. Down under the tree, that surely bordered the river, and there we find quite a group.
First we see Adam and Eve disgusted with themselves. Disgusted with the tempter. Ultimately disgusted with God, for if we’ve learned anything on this earth it is that surely someone else must be to blame for our experiences and our suffering.
In that vile and terrible moment Adam and Eve were at a complete loss. Angry with each other. Angry with the tempter and angry with God. Adam and Eve were no help to anyone, especially themselves.
The tempter was angry and disgusted as well. Things had not worked out as he planned. Yes, he had seen the birth of pain and suffering in the lives of these disgusting humans but it had not elevated his position one bit. He too was on the outside looking in, with only fear and pain as his currency.
The only one present in that moment with any hope at all was God. He is hope. He is love. In that moment where it may have seemed all was lost he gave a promise. There would come One who would make all things right. One who would bear the load and pain of all who suffered.
The rest of the story of Scripture up to Jesus’ birth is one long story of hope and expectation. The story of Abram being called away from Ur; expectation for the coming One. The story of Joseph delivering his family; expectation for the coming One. The manna, the giant, the speaking donkey, and every story that you have ever learned are about the coming One who would make all things right.
From the very beginning we have been a people of hope. A people who believe in a King who will make all things right. As you approach this holiday season may we live as people of hope. May we believe in the light which has come.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.Isaiah