As a child, do you remember the long night before Christmas morning? It was so hard to fall asleep and easy to jump up in the morning. If only all our longing and waiting could be condensed to a short, hopeful night like that.
A.W. Tozer said,
What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them…we must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly.
Our short lives of ceaseless waiting layer into the generations before and after us; there is a collective waiting for tyrannical governments to fall, for diseases to be cured and for a revival of hope to seize the day.
In the coming of Christ we find the central themes of humanity centred in seeing the One we must follow to peace on earth, joy to the world and freedom from oppression. Who can restore us back to the Garden of Eden, except the One who planted it in the first place?
All that we long for is understood and realized in Jesus.