The Rev’d Keith Huffman
“DUDE!!! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!?????” I said out loud at a lady who refused to move at the four-way stop. She had the right-of-way, but would not go. (Her car must have suffered paralysis or something.) About the time I eased off the clutch, she started to go. I stopped. She stopped. I motioned her on. She looked at me. I started to go. She started to go. Thinking she was going to hit me, I floored it leaving the intersection with a long screeeetch of tires in good ‘ol southern boy style. (“Good Lord, that’s no way for a priest to act…..well she must only get out one time of year or something….why am I in such a hurry anyway???”) Lord help me!
I am not by nature a very patient person. (I am sure my wife will agree.) And it seems this time of year that everything takes longer than it should. It takes more time to get things done because of all the gatherings and to-do lists. It takes more time to get through the checkout line at any store. Traffic is slower and more congested everywhere you go. And if you are anywhere near Tanglewood Park on NC-HWY 158 after dark on the 3rd week of Advent and need to get somewhere fast and don’t have a helicopter . . . well you’re going to have to just get over it and wait.
Advent is about waiting. The people of God had to wait. “The young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) was written around 500 BC. The people of God had to wait a very looonnngggg time (400 plus years) before the Apostle Matthew could preach and write, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us). Three extra minutes of waiting in the checkout line is nothing in comparison to the 400 years between Isaiah’s prophecy and the prophecy’s fulfillment in the Birth of Jesus Christ. Waiting on the Lord is a big part of Advent.
What are you waiting on the Lord to do in your life this Advent?
Waiting on the Lord is not always easy and it takes great faith. A person who had this kind of faith was Simeon. He is described in Luke as a righteous and devout man filled with the Holy Spirit and waiting for the consolation of Israel. When he saw Jesus Christ he took him up in his arms, blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,according to your word;for my eyes have seen your salvationthat you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,a light for revelation to the Gentiles,and for glory to your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32.
What are you waiting on the Lord for this Advent?
For those who wait on the Lord, Isaiah 40:31 offers amazing an amazing promise: “But they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on with the wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
To be honest I grow weary of waiting at times. But I have found that when I feel the agitation creeping in because something is not happening fast enough to suit me, or impatience flaring up inside, or when my “get-this-done” spirit is putting me in a sour mood, I must ask myself, “Keith are you waiting on the Lord in this?” Almost 100% of the time I find myself perturbed at having to wait on something, I have to answer, “No. Lord, I have not been waiting on You in this.”
Isaiah promises it is best to wait on the Lord and His timing.
So again, what are you waiting on this Advent? Are you expecting things to happen on your schedule and timetable, OR are you waiting on the Lord? . . . . . . . .