The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. We traveled to Arizona for Thanksgiving, and I returned home to a flurry of activity and commitments: Doctor’s appointments, birthday parties, family celebrations, a visit from out of town friends, work, Christmas shopping, a speaking engagement, and a piano recital. Those events all took place within 7 days of each other. To say I am tired would an understatement. By the time I arrived at the last event, I felt numb. Although I enjoyed celebrations and even the work, the only thing that kept me going was the anticipation of the following week.
I was waiting; waiting for the hectic week to pass, waiting for normalcy, and waiting for rest. But, as I waited I found that God’s presence and love was showing up in the most beautiful ways.
I saw Him in the generosity of a friend who unexpectedly provided dinner.
I noticed Him in the laughter of the teenagers at my son’s birthday party.
I saw Him in the warm hugs and open hearts at my speaking engagement.
I heard Him in the stories shared at our family Christmas party.
I felt Him in the music played at the piano recital.
What are you waiting for? During this Christmas season, we have the opportunity to experience a different kind of waiting—a waiting that is more than just enduring and holding on. Advent invites us to have an attentive attitude and a hopeful expectation.
Are you waiting for healing, comfort, peace, or purpose? What if, instead of getting caught up in the swift waters of busyness and consumerism this Christmastime, we find joy simply in the waiting? Waiting isn’t passive, it’s dynamic.
So, as you wait for healing, find a depth of character in suffering.
As you wait for comfort, reach out and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
As you wait for peace, seek God’s peace with all your heart.
As you wait for purpose, look for truth.
We have a choice, even in the most trying times, to see Jesus. He is there and He longs to meet your deepest needs.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV)
What is one thing you are waiting for? How will you begin to wait with a hopeful expectation?
Special Note: Don’t miss Part 2 to this post coming Thursday!