As we approach Christmas, we have been working our way through the Advent season. It’s something that is actually relatively new to me as I grew up in a Baptist home with a significant leaning towards baptistic beliefs. I’ve kind of always known about Advent, at least from a strictly informational perspective, but it has never been something that was a part of my family or church tradition. And in reality I think that is where a lot of people are at. You know, and understand what Advent is from a liturgical perspective. It is something you have always done, whether through the Advent services, the use of the wreath and candles, or a calendar at home. But that is really all it is or has been to you and your family. I think it should be more than that for us as Christ followers.
When we really consider that the coming of Christ is not something people were waiting months, or even a few years for, but instead see that it was generations of expectation and waiting to see the promise fulfilled, I think we start to get a clearer picture of what was really happening. How many times do you think that people began to doubt, or stopped trusting that it would happen? This was a promise given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. In the darkest of times when sin entered the world, there was a light of hope. And they waited, with longing expectation for the day that God would fulfill the promise he made that day in the garden and would make a way for permanent reconciliation. How many people died waiting for it to happen…? And yet, all the while, God had a plan and did not forget his promise to his people.
I think we need to be intentional to truly use this time to remember the meaningfulness of waiting. How quickly and often do we turn from God, the Creator of the universe and time itself, and try to replace him with something that seems quicker or more convenient? We need to be using this time to think about how significant our times of waiting can actually be. Whenever we are waiting, whether it’s in line at the grocery store or at a traffic light. Whether it’s waiting for the work day to end, or waiting to fall asleep at night. Maybe it’s waiting for God to provide you with a child, or a home, or direction for your life. In all our times of waiting, let us not be waiting to move on, but let us instead be waiting with longing expectation for Christ so that in all our waiting we might be worshiping; so that in our waiting we might be filled with joy in the promises of God.
Don’t waste your waiting, and don’t waste this Advent season.