There are two things that I don’t like:

Waiting and Silence…

When I have to wait, it typically means that things are not settled. When there is silence, it typically means that I can’t do anything to change the situation.

For several weeks, we have been waiting to hear back on our travel visas to visit Brazil. Today, I went online and noticed that they were denied.

I’m trying to stay positive and it is likely that we will be able to figure out the problem and receive our visas before we are scheduled to leave in two weeks.

But, we have to wait…and there is no response from anyone…Silence!

No one will answer my repeated phone calls or emails.

So, what are you going to do?”

Honestly…freak out a little bit, look for help, and of course, pray :).

Going into the weekend, this waiting and silence thing is not fun at all. However, it is a learning experience. I can only imagine that when we get those visas (see that faith), we will experience incredible relief.

As amazing as it will feel to have passports and visas in hand, it really cannot compare to the relief that was felt by many devout Jews when they met the Messiah. For generations, household after household of Israelite families had waited expectantly for the Messiah.

And then Jesus came…

There is a scene in the Temple when Simeon, the Temple Priest had been promised that he would not pass away until he met the “Lord’s Christ.” After eight days, Simeon took Jesus into his arms and he proclaimed, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your work; for my eyes have seen your salvation, that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

As we read those words, the relief and satisfaction are obvious. Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah ended hundreds of years of waiting and silence.

There is so much more to share from Luke 2:22-32 and I am really looking forward to all that Pastor Dave will share in his sermon on that passage this Sunday at 10:45 am.

In the meantime, I remind myself…breathe deep…God is in control…relief is coming.