The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “expect.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this prompt was the first line of the Christmas hymn, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” Here is the entire first verse:
1. Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
So I’ve decided to go with it today and kind of unpack what I think this first verse means to me. For one, I sometimes have a hard time seeing or maybe believing that Jesus is the joy of every longing heart. It seems that people are finding satisfaction in other places all around me. And yet, and yet, I also know in my heart this satisfaction they are finding is merely fleeting.
Because we are so desperately needing peace and rest as a people. This reminds me of a quote I heard recently from John Ortberg’s book, Soul Keeping: “The soul seeks God with its whole being…My mind may be obsessed with idols; my will may be enslaved to habits; my body may be consumed with appetites. But my soul will never find rest until it rests in God.”
So, come our long expected Jesus. Come into our lives and set us free from that which so easily entangles us. Come and give us peace and rest in the midst of our striving. Come bring us hope and joy that is only found in You. May we remember that You are exactly what it is our soul is seeking!