Monday, December 2, 2013

Advent Devotion: December 2

The Waiting
Read Psalm 40:1

As the great rock poet Tom Petty famously sang, “The waiting is the hardest part.” Boy, is it ever! Try as we might to avoid it, we all must wait — for all kinds of things.

We wait for web pages to load and babies to be born. We wait for checks to clear and summer to arrive. Whether it’s opening kickoff, our turn in line, or for that crying newborn to finally fall asleep, a lot of our life is spent waiting.

Another great poet, Dr. Suess, describes it this way in “Oh The Places You’ll Go”:
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a better break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.

But in our modern world, we’ve become so used to not having to wait on so many things that we often don’t handle it very well when patience is required. We have insanely fast smartphones, but we get annoyed when a video takes a few extra seconds to download. We can buy more food at lunch than many people in the world will have in a week, yet we’re irritated that the drive-thru line isn’t moving faster. We own cars with features our grandparents could never imagine, but getting an oil change never happens as quickly as we’d like.

But perhaps that’s part of the reason that God often asks us to wait. Especially for something as amazing and miraculous as the birth of His son on earth. Because waiting is not easy to do, it often helps us grow in ways we don’t expect. After all, good things come to those who wait.

Prayer: Dear God, teach us to wait. Help us when it is hard, and send us faith to believe in good things to come.  Amen.

-Lance McCluskey

From the Church Street Advent Devotion Book, 2013

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