Two weeks ago, Beth-Anne wrote a entitled “Preparing a Place”. I had been working on writing a similar post with the same exact title for a few weeks and put it on the back burner to allow it to develop a little more. Maybe it’s that we’ve been friends over a third of our lives that causes us to think alike or that we’re going through similar life experiences right now. Or perhaps, as Beth-Anne said to me when I shared that I was writing a similar post, “Maybe God wants us to share that message with people.” We do have a message that God needs shared with people, so with that in mind, I have reworked what I was previously writing.
Our little boy is due in 4 weeks and 1 day… of course, that’s no guarantee that he will actually be born that day, but at least it gives me something to count down to! We are so excited to see Henry’s little face and see what color hair he has. We can’t wait to meet him and get to know him face to face. We have prepared his room, packed the hospital bag, installed the carseat base, had a baby shower, researched natural childbirth, toured the Family Birth Center, and now we wait. This time of waiting is full of preparation and hope and eager anticipation.
I imagine that our excitement waiting for Henry’s birth is similar, yet only a shadow of what early Advent Christians must have felt as they awaited Jesus’ return just a little over 172 years ago. This past Sabbath, October 22, we celebrated 172 years since the Great Disappointment. I choose the word “celebrate” carefully, for it is through that disappointment and further study of the word of God that we have learned a truth that gives cause for great hope! One hundred and seventy-two years ago Jesus began the work of judgment, which is great news, because that means He is doing what is necessary to prepare for His return!
John 14:2-3 says, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
While I may have my own day of “great disappointment” if Henry does not arrive by his due date, I know that he is coming when he is ready. Early Advent Christians had their day of Great Disappointment, but God’s word gives us hope and assures us that though we may not know the day or hour, Jesus is coming! He is preparing a place for us and longs to take us home to be with him.