I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope. —Psalm 130:5
In an age when drone delivery is a reality and information is constantly at our fingertips, we’ve become accustomed to immediate gratification. We get impatient with slow Internet connections and microwave ovens. So the idea of a long wait or a lengthy journey doesn’t hold much appeal on the surface.
As I was waiting in a line which wasn’t moving at the airport recently the Lord reminded me of the importance of waiting and having patience in just circumstances. But perhaps it is the journey, the process of the long wait, that is exactly what we need. We need time to recognize the depth of our need and to allow hope to build in our hearts. We need space to block out the many distractions of our lives. We need to quiet ourselves in the darkness so that we won’t miss the arrival of the light of the world.
We need to wait and watch for the miracle of the birth of Jesus—when the God of the universe entered our world in order to transform us through His love.
Advent is just that—a long period of waiting, expecting, and looking forward to the coming of Jesus. In a rushed world, Advent is a deep breath that allows us to pause and then take each purposeful step on the journey as we follow the star toward Bethlehem. So we begin this season of waiting with hope in our hearts. Maybe your sense of hope is only the faintest glimmer right now or a mere spark. It’s okay. Allow the long wait to be a place where hope grows—where it can build with each passing day and create space in your heart to receive the light of the world.