Waiting is not easy for most of us. We want challenges to be resolved - now. We grow impatient when in uncertain times. We are uncomfortable with unplanned pauses.
Yet, waiting is a part of the rhythm of life. Indeed, Advent, the season of the Christian year launching today, is devoted to both past and future waiting. We remember the long centuries of waiting before the Christ Child was born. We also recognize that we continue to wait for Jesus’ second coming.
This year’s Advent season comes at a time when our nation and world are in a waiting posture.
Principles of waiting drawn from Scripture can be helpful to us in Advent 2020. Here are two that speak to me. What are some others than you identify?
I invite you to join me in pondering biblical principles of waiting during this Advent season. Better than that, let us embody them in our daily lives.
Actions: 1) Name an area of your life where you are in a waiting posture during this Advent season. 2) Reflect on an example in Scripture where someone waited in a way that honored God. 3) Apply learnings from the biblical example to your life situation.
Prayer: God, I sometimes resist waiting. Yet, I realize that it is part of life. During this Advent season help me to remember that waiting in a way that honors you is time well-spent. All of this I pray in the name of the Christ Child. Amen.
As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
North Alabama Conference