Waiting on something, whether it be at the checkout line at the grocery store or the arrival of the kingdom of God -- well, let's just say -- patience is not one of my strengths.
Have you ever noticed how many stories in the Bible are about situations in which God shows up late? The prophet Samuel showed up late for Saul's anointing as king and then complained because Saul started the proceedings without him. When Mary and Martha called for Jesus to come heal their brother Lazarus, Jesus piddled around for a couple of days. By the time he finally arrived, Lazarus was already dead.
Sometimes God does not act on our timetable, our schedule.
Who Are We Waiting On? I love the title of Alice Walker's book, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For. It reminds me of the times when I have thought God was late, letting me down -- but in fact, I was not quite ready for the big arrival yet. It takes time for God to get our hearts ready to receive the kingdom.
Reflection QuestionsWhat are you waiting for? What do you want for yourself, your loved ones or your world that has been late in arriving?
What can you do to prepare yourself for the arrival of the Lord? Where are you still fearful? What is God doing in your life that is still not quite finished?
During this Advent season, how can you demonstrate complete trust that your miracle is on its way? And that you are being nurtured by God to be ready for the big arrival - all in due time.