Waiting to Celebrate
Posted: Tuesday, January 31
Verse of the day:
“On this night the Lord kept his promise to bring his people out of the land of Egypt. So this night belongs to him, and it must be commemorated every year by all the Israelites, from generation to generation.”(Exodus 12:42 NLT)
The night before a big day is tough. It is often hard for us to calm ourselves down and make sure that we are settled in our mind about the day ahead. Our thoughts can keep us awake. A balance of worry and excitement keep us charged up as we try to imagine what the next day will bring.
I cannot even understand what it must have felt like for the people of Israel, having waited 430 years for the promise of God to be fulfilled. Was someone keeping record? Where they counting the days? Did they realize the night before they would leave that it was the exact night that would end the 430th year? Or did someone look back years later and figure it out? It is all so mind blowing to think about all the implications that night had.
So one could see why it would be cause for an annual celebration. The bible actually commands the people to commemorate the event with a seven day celebration called Passover. They were to do very specific things to make sure they specifically remembered how important that night was. However, if you look forward in their history the impact of that night has faded and the celebration seemed to lose energy. People still celebrate Passover, but not with the energy and passion that they did in the years following the exodus.
It make me wonder, what are we waiting to celebrate? Have we forgotten the day of our own salvation? Have we forgotten the markers of the journey of faith that God has brought us down? I can remember years ago everyone knew the place, the day and the hour that they surrendered their lives. It was a celebration moment. No one does that any more.
I think it is time to celebrate once again. We need to make daily, weekly and monthly moments where we document the blessings and miracles in our lives. We need to put reminders on our calendar to take notice of special days where God interrupted our lives. We need to enter those days with great expectation of wonder and awe. Wonder at what God will do next and awe of what he has done for us through his great power. How can we ever celebrate if we first don’t mark the day? Let’s start off on this last day of January to journal for a moment about the blessing, answered prayers and things worth celebrating in the past month. Put it in your calendar or in a place where you will see it next year. Then you will just be waiting to celebrate all He has done.