It seems to me that a lot of our time is spent waiting. Waiting for the traffic light to change, waiting in lines at the market, waiting for the weekend, waiting for our bathroom scale to cooperate , waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for the next best thing, waiting for that email response, waiting to feel better, waiting for God to answer our prayers…waiting, waiting, waiting.
And then there are those things that we used to look forward to waiting for, but no so much these days and certainly not with youthful innocence. We’ve become quite adept at preparing for major holidays the day after they’re over…well almost. At least it seems that way. Take Christmas…need I say more?
Every year Christians faithfully prepare for the Incarnation during the season of Advent. In the Old Testament lesson appointed for the first Sunday of Advent this year we read in Isiah 64:1-12
Since before time began no one has ever imagined,
No ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who happily do what is right, who keep a good memory of the way you work
As we “wait” our way through life, I suggest that we get excited about waiting for Advent this year. And in the spirit of Isiah remember that waiting reminds us that:
We are not the center of the universe ~
God is in control~
Life is a gift~
The present matters~
The future is bigger than we think~
And perhaps as we wait happily doing what is right, we’ll remember just how God works.