I was reminded yesterday that it was the first Sunday in Advent, which is the “Christian New Year”. Advent gets little attention; it’s sandwiched in there between Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas. During Advent, we wait to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, and we wait for his second coming.
Waiting is hard.
We text, we Facebook, we tweet, all instantly, and we rarely have to wait for anything. We live a fast-paced life and get annoyed when we have to wait for things: for exams to be done, for books at the library we need but someone else has, for the end of the semester so we can go home and visit family, or waiting to find out what will happen in our lives if we graduate at semester.
Waiting is hard, but it can be good for us. It can teach us patience and it can teach us to live each day as it comes. It can help us to grow in our relationship with God and become stronger in our faith.
I hope that in this Advent season, despite the craziness that life can bring, you can take some time to peacefully wait and see what God has in store for you.
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! -- Psalm 27:14
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. -- Titus 2:11-13