Anticipation

Tonight the family enjoyed a good round of hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes. Marshmallows are any time cocoa condiments, but candy canes are reserved only for the Christmas season. I showed my sons how to dip the candy cane so the licks of candy have chocolate on them and the cocoa develops a hint of mint flavor. I am an expert and they received my sage instruction with delight.

Christmas time is so fun with kids. Every year they experience it in a new way. As they gain understanding (and long-term memory) their anticipation is increased. They grasp the story of Jesus birth and its implications more fully. They know what is coming—family gatherings, sweet goodies, warm fires, Christmas movies and music, the smell of homemade cinnamon ornaments, bringing home the tree, and finally—Christmas morning and the long-awaited gifts.

I enjoy these things myself, but I enjoy them so much more through my kids. All the thrill and wonder and coziness of this time of year are amplified in the sparkling eyes of delighted children. I can hardly wait to dazzle my boys with the next Christmas surprise or engage them with the story of baby Jesus simply for the pleasure of watching it bless them.

I’ve been reflecting on how much similarity this bears to the kind of joy God will have as he surprises us with the wonders of heaven. Is he bursting at the seams with anticipation to show us all he has prepared for us? Will he take great delight as he watches his children make new discoveries, noting and cherishing each response and reaction?

Just something to think about…

Luke 12:32 (NIV)
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV) “as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–


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