And so we enter into the season of Advent.
English: Advent wreath, First Advent Sunday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We lit the candle in our church service and our pastor explained that this season is about waiting. Waiting for the coming of Christ. We symbolically express that through our congregational singing and the choir singing songs like “The Yearning” so picturesque and beautiful.
I do not like to wait. And yet I have spent most of my life doing just that. It started back when I was a little girl. The waiting for Christmas to open gifts, the waiting for birthdays and other special events. Time seemed to take forever back then. As I got older I realized that things did not always happen the way we thought they should – and many things took a lot of time, patience and endurance to just wait.
When I first met Greg – it was the end of our freshman year in college. Shortly after we met he had to return to Alaska, where he was from – to work in the summer months. It was four months back before cell phones and internet which keeps people connected day and night – no matter where you are in the world. Waiting then seemed like four years instead of months.
When we became engaged the next year – it seemed like so long until our wedding – just 5 months later. But it finally came. Then the next was waiting for college graduation and then a job that would take us to Alaska and then Pennsylvania.
The next big “wait” was when we wanted a baby – and it didn’t happen very fast. Both times! Then when it finally did – there was the waiting for the baby to just get here! After that – it’s waiting for the babies to grow up from the toddler and diaper stage, then the young children stage and then the teenager stage with all the drama – to where they finally become independent responsible adults. They finally did this. In time. Our children were very much worth the wait. And we learned to love every stage of their development – though it wasn’t always easy to wait it out. But we appreciated them so much more because of all the long waiting.
Last year I had to “wait” again. I have wanted a Bichon puppy for years – we found a breeder out of town and waited for our puppy to be old enough to bring home. But after waiting – my first puppy and the whole litter died at 5 weeks of age from a routine anti-worming medication. So we began the wait again – another 6 weeks. I’m happy to say that we got the right puppy – but the waiting was hard.
Life is a series of waiting – events – waiting again – events and then more waiting.
I thought I would be done waiting when I became an adult. There seems to still be a lot of waiting. Waiting for the fulfillment of a dream. Waiting on God’s timing for a much-needed reconciliation with a friend. Waiting on a family situation. Waiting for direction. Waiting, waiting, WAITING!!! WHY DOES IT HAVE TO TAKE SO LONG???
God’s promises are always fulfilled – in HIS time. Sometimes I would like to know what that time is – other times I just have to trust and know that He is working all things out – behind the scenes. And sometimes I believe that this waiting is His idea for me. It is in the “waiting” that we are still, focused and intense. If we don’t give up – keep believing and stay positive – using that waiting to develop good things like tolerance and patience.
Here is a great song by Michael W. Smith – it is perfect in this season of Advent. This season of the long wait.
Enjoy and God Bless