18Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. 19Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. 20Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.
So, what are we supposed to be doing while we’re doing all this waiting? I think that Advent may be the Master Teacher in waiting, dangling unlit candles each week and angels coming to a young girl and a world that is not ready. And, of course, the rest of the world decorates the Christmas trees and covers the houses with lights and pressures us to get everything done (Hurry, hurry, hurry…Cyber Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday is almost over!!!). But Advent quietly calls us to wait. OK, which is it? Do we wait or do we follow that vision of God and change the world, the vision that has been in front of us all this time?
There’s our problem. The act of waiting to which we are called, the waiting that Advent teaches us over and over again, year after year, is not your run-of-the-mill-twiddle-your-thumbs kind of waiting. The waiting to which we are called is active. It is indeed a waiting that changes the world. So what, then, are we waiting for? Well, see, we wait for the time to be right; we wait for our galaxy of stars to perfectly align; we wait for the world to accept the change that we offer, to need the gifts that we have to give. And all this time, the One for which you were waiting has been waiting for you.
So in this season of Advent, we are told to wait. We are not told to stop, just to wait. Perhaps it is our time to let go of the plans that we had made, to let go of what or who we envisioned would save us. Perhaps it is the time to return to the One that envisioned us in the first place, the One that is waiting for us to return, the One that calls us to act, to work, to build the Kingdom of God. Advent is not about stopping what you are doing but just rethinking it. We are called to be a part of bringing God’s vision into being but we have to wait long enough to know what the vision is. God is waiting for us to realize that…And we are called to realize that all this time God has been there…waiting, waiting for us to wait for God. All this time we were waiting for each other…
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Reflection: For what are you waiting? Are you waiting on the God who is waiting on you? What part of God’s vision are you being called to change? Perhaps you’ll have to wait on the other parts, but is there something that you are called to do now? Is there something that God is waiting for you to do?
Grace and Peace,