Waiting- sometimes it seems as though we spend all our time WAITING for something to happen. We could experience anxiety waiting for test results, excitement waiting for a happy event such as a wedding, fear waiting for something unknown, or many other emotions.
Waiting- whether in joy, anxiety, pain, or fear- often pushes us towards prayer more than other events might do. We think “Dear Lord, please keep my loved one safe, Dear Lord, thank you that we can look forward to something special, Dear Lord, help me to get through this time.”
But often the best prayer would be “Lord, Thy will be done and help me to accept whatever it might be. With YOUR help, the waiting will be easier.”
Subordinating my will to God always helps me to move from WAITING to being better able to “live in the moment” I can move from the negative and the fearful to appreciate each moment for what it can offer.
Advent is often viewed as a time of waiting- a time of waiting for our Lord. Before Christ’s birth, the people did not even know what they were waiting for- Just a Messiah- in an unknown form. We are so fortunate that God’s form in Christ has already been revealed to us. We know what we are waiting for!
We can use this Advent Season to do PURPOSEFUL WAITING and PREPARATION in remembrance of Christ’s birth.
- Betsey Lenskold