Most of us hate uncomfortably waiting during traffic lights and other interruptions no matter how hard we try it is something that cannot be avoided!
Like most teenagers I too hated the wait during every Christmas Holiday, wishing eagerly to skip over Advent and dive straight into the bliss of Christmas Day. Along with the temptation of resisting to open the newly brought and perfectly wrapped gifts in all sizes throughout the month of discounts and sales. But after experiencing and realising the love of Jesus Christ I realised Advent was a season of waiting, but not for the presents….
Advent is a beautiful season of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of CHRIST. The season of Advent is rooted in a Latin word simply meaning, “Coming”. The Catholic Church gives the importance of Advent season as the Church celebrates Advent by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour’s first coming and an anticipation of his second coming (CCC 524).
All of us are waiting in silence and hope on a breakthrough. Often wondering whether God has abandoned us; but even in the silence when it seemed like God is not present, he brings forth his plan in his time, for our lives. For 400 years God was silent to the people of Israel; then on the right day at the right time the silence was broken Jesus Christ was born… The bible teaches us that the Lord will never abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:6) despite whatever life throws at us.
The word of God instructs us to allow his schedule to take place and not our individual plans and desires. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) While it also requires a choice from our part; it is up to us to calmly wait upon the Lord and trust in him to fulfil his will. Patiently understand that waiting is not ever wasted when you are waiting for God. Take heart in Christ and know that you are precious in his sight, who humbly stepped down from heaven and arrived at the perfect time for you. (Isaiah 25:9)
Waiting joyfully upon the Lord is one of the many themes to practise upon this Christmas season. Therefore, when we do not get our way, or envy in other’s success; let us remember this Advent to reject retaliation or to take revenge. Turn to seek the lord and wait happily for his deliverance and blessing (Proverbs 20:22).