Children find it difficult to wait. The hardest thing I had to wait for as a child was Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve. The interesting thing about this waiting event was that it was not a pain for me. It was not an anxious waiting. There was excitement in the wait. All through Advent there were activities that marked the movement of time and kept my anxiety at bay because I knew we were one day closer with the celebration of each activity. We practiced for the Christmas Pageant to be presented on the third Sunday night of Advent. We went caroling with the youth from door to door. We wrapped presents and stored them under the tree. We sent Christmas cards. We decorated our home and yard for the holiday. We stayed so busy that it was no time before Christmas Eve was upon us.
We often forget that we are still children. The calling of Christ reminds us to be “childlike” for such belongs the Kingdom of God. We are God’s children no matter how old we are in age. And as children it is natural that we should have difficulty with waiting. After all “children find it difficult to wait.” So you are an adult, but you are still a child. It should not be strange to you that waiting is difficult.
New Revised Standard Version –
2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to search things out.
We are children, children of God. We have been created to live into this time of waiting. We are seekers. We seek out the things of God. Our relationship with our creator is directly connected to our seeking and our waiting. They are both activities that are focused on and with attention given to the Almighty God. It is God’s nature to conceal a matter. God has created us for relationship. God longs to be in relationship with creation. It is our nature as God’s children to seek out a matter. We were created to seek God. In our seeking, we encounter a God that is always on time. In our seeking, we learn that sometimes we need to wait. We wait because we long for that relationship with God to be manifest at the right time as God always manages to be right on time.
Don’t allow anxiety to steal the day. Wait with hopeful expectation knowing that with God there are always good things at the end of the wait. I am praying for a hope filled, faith lived, joyful and peaceful Advent Season for you and your family. Jesus is coming SOON. Come, Lord Jesus.
Gil & Linda Wise
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