Wait For It

Read: Micah 7:1-7     

Wait for it… Wait for it… Wait for it… How many times have you watched a Facebook, YouTube, or other video and have heard these words spoken?  We live in such a busy culture that we have to be told to wait for the good part of the video or the punch line that is to come.  What it really comes down to is anticipation and patience.

That is what this season of Advent is all about.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas we anticipate the coming celebration of Jesus’ birth and also his second coming.  Along with that anticipation comes the need for patience.  In patience we find peace, we find calm, and we wait.  When we lack patience we become uptight, hurried, stressed out, and sometimes angry.

Pastor Calvin Emerson in his book on patience shares many stories from his experiences on the highway and in checkout lines at the store that have tested his patience over the years.  I think all of us could relate with some of his stories, but it begs us to ask the question.  Why is it so hard to wait?

The prophets in the Bible had long told about the coming Messiah, and yet the people had to wait hundreds of years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  In Micah 7 we hear words of confusion, impatience, and pain, and yet in verse 7 he says, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”  He knew, in time, that God would deliver his people.

As I write this week I find myself in the midst of a very busy day in which the virtue of patience has been hard to grasp.  Perhaps I am writing to myself this week as much as anyone else?  But in the midst of my impatience today I hold out hope for a peaceful and patient Advent season ahead.  Let’s slow down, calm down, and wait patiently for what is to come.  A wonderful celebration of God sending his Son Jesus into the world to save us.  Tis the reason for this season!

Make it Personal:     Try to be observant in the month of December for times that your impatience is getting the best of you.  Instead of allowing those feelings to snowball into stress and anger, name them and ask Jesus to help you find the peace that this season is all about.

Have a great week everyone, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church