“On my way home Mama”
Those are my favorite words of the day.
It’s a habit of my husband’s to call when he gets in his pick-up and is headed home.
Sometimes the conversation sounds like a prayer of thanks giving while we laugh together about all that has been provided, sometimes a pray of confession for how many times I yelled at our kids, and sometimes it is a tear filled conversation about how crazy life is right now and how inadequate I am at handling any and/or all of it. A lot of days it’s a combination of all three in the 20 minutes we spend chatting until I see the lights of his headlights pull into our driveway.
After 7 years I still can’t wait for him to get home. Some days I can’t wait for him to get home so I can cheerfully great him, other days I need him home to take over with the kids because I have reached my limit, and other days I just need him to come home, say you’re forgiven and I love you.
Advent is a time when we remember when Christ, our bridegroom, came as a tiny baby and at the same time look forward to his return home.
Jesus has always been working to have a relationship with us. And not only a casual relationship with us but to reside intimately with us.
He created us to be near Him.
Adam and Eve disregarded their relationship with God and acted on their desire to be their own god instead of resting in their relationship with him. He called out to them and pursued a relationship with them by putting into action the redemption plan he had all along.
He gave the 10 commandments and in particular the 1st of the ten. He commanded and in the same breath promised ‘You shall have no other God’s’.
God’s desired to be among his people so he gave them plans to construct a place for him to reside and dwell among them. He also gave exact instructions on how to enter his dwelling place. He used his people to construct a tent as they wandered in the wilderness so he could be near them in their wandering.
He came to this earth and dwelt among his people while he was veiled in a tent of human flesh.
The story of Hosea illustrates to my human heart just how intensely God desires to be with us. He instructs Hosea to continue to pursue his unfaithful wife over and over again. The wife that leaves him to enter in to prostitution. God instructs Hosea to purchase her from the slave yards. He tells Hosea to purchase her and not use her as a slave but restore her to be his intimate wife.
And in that day declares the Lord, you will call me My Husband and no longer will call me My Baal For I will remove the names of the Balls from her mouth and they shall be remembered by name no more.
And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the bests of the field and the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground.
And I will abolish the bow and the sword and war form the land, and I will make you lie down in safety.
And I will betroth you to me forever I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord. Hosea 2:16-19
After 7 years their are so many days I think it’s absolutely crazy that my hubby even wants to come home every night to our busy, messy, loud, and chaotic home. As crazy as it may sound or feel God desires to intimately live with us every day.
And after 7 years I am so thankful for this gift of a grace filled husband that God has placed in my life. In a relationship so intimate where it is impossible to hide all of your flaws, if any, he still loves me. In the relationship that shows the depth of my sin. I’m so thankful that he sees all my crap and hands out forgiveness each time. (Love you sweets! Looking forward to 70 more years!)
When life, schedules, and Christmas come and get absolutely crazy we try to remember to look back to when Christ came in a manger and look forward to when Christ will come again as a bridegroom, as a faithful God who desires to have intimacy with you. A bridegroom who could intimately see the depth of your sin and not only put up with them but took them upon himself. Regardless of how many times we remember this Christmas season he still came as a baby and he will still return as a bridegroom.
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless a the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he surely will.”