Advent is about waiting…and waiting is often hard.
One day our Savior will return in triumph and our waiting will be over. But for now, in the midst of the waiting, we keep trudging along in faith and hope.
Sometimes that faith is strong and Christ’s imminent triumph brings a spring to our step. But other times, hope fades in the dark valley and we trudge as though in a foot of snow.
If you, like me, are in a season of trudging, may your heart be encouraged and your step lightened with the words of this Advent devotional (by Jessica Snell, in Biola University’s The Advent Project):
Behold, Israel’s king rode to His death meek, and on a donkey. Surely there is no road harder to walk willingly than the one you know will lead to your death.
But He walked that way: to death.
And then through it.
And that is the reason we willingly walk after Him. Because our King has led the way—more than that, He has made the way. There was no way through death until He burst death open from the inside. Death swallowed Him, but it was like swallowing the sun: He was a burning light that could not stay obscured. Not even by the darkest thing we know.
And so we walk after Him. And though the road is uphill all the way—yes to the very end—our trudging is still a triumph. Though we cannot see the host of heaven that marches alongside us, though we cannot hear the trumpets during these dark and dreary days, we are still a part of the great and cheering and singing crowd that the prophet Zechariah saw: laughter on our tongues and a song in our hearts [Zechariah 9:9-17].
Because our King has gone before us, and He has made a way for us through death.
And He will meet us with a feast at the end.
Come quickly Lord Jesus, and bring our trudging feet home through Your triumph!