I have to admit I’m not good at waiting. When I have a task on my “to do” list, I want to get it done and check it off. When I’m due to be at an event, I get there early, and I have little patience for those who show up late (i.e. at the last moment.) I’m certainly not alone in my “hurry up” attitude. These days we’re not accustomed to waiting for anything — our cell phones give us instant connection with people, the internet pops up any fact we need with the push of a button, using GPS technology we can check to see exactly where our spouse or child is right now and when they’ll arrive at home. Sometimes I want God to hurry up, as well — fix my problems, show me the right decision, give me a burst of inspiration — or at least let me know WHEN the answers will come. However, the Bible tells us that some things can’t be known immediately — they’re in God’s hands and they’re worth waiting for.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26
Advent is a time of waiting and remembering the Old Testament prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah, the Savior. Although they delivered the message, the timing was up to God. The author of Hebrews says,
“These (the heroes of the Old Testament) all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar …”
Abraham and Sarah, Noah and Enoch and many others never saw the fulfillment of God’s promise, but in faith they trusted Him. They were willing to wait. It’s a lesson I need to learn. God sent my Savior at “just the right time.” (Romans 5:6) — He’ll take care of my other concerns at the right time as well. I just have to wait. Advent it good practice.