By Dr. D.
Dear Pleasant Church Family,
When I was a boy, the thought of Christmas brought so much joy to me and yet it brought much anxiety too. Just the idea of being with family in our home’s den as we opened Christmas presents together was enough to thrill my heart throughout all of December and a good portion of November. I guess that one of the hardest parts of such an experience was the practice of waiting. Universally, the truth is nobody likes to wait!
On many occasions when my family has traveled to Disneyworld or other amusement parks, we, like other families, have had to wait in line to ride the attractions. It seemed so grueling at the time but once we would arrive to the front of the line, all of that waiting didn’t seem so bad after all. Sometimes, you and I find ourselves waiting for other things… waiting for the traffic to move on; waiting at the store for the checkout line to clear up; waiting in the office for the doctor to make a visit; waiting for the water to boil; waiting for the cake to finish baking; waiting for the results of a lab test; waiting for a communication from someone we love and miss; waiting for our children to grow up and become independent and then waiting for them to come and visit. So much waiting… so much anticipating. I wonder how much of our lives are spent waiting?
As we ponder the season of Advent, we begin to understand the importance of waiting. Advent literally means to await something special. Throughout God’s word, we hear that God sometimes just wants for us to wait on Him to do His greatest work. Psalms 27:13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. James 5:7-8 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Waiting is never easy, however if we take time to wait upon God, His blessing will be beyond measure. Just consider those who were hungry for a Messiah. At just the right time and in the right way and in just the right place, our God gave us Jesus Christ. In just the right time and in the right way and in the right place the Holy Spirit came as our Comforter. God knows the perfect timing for our life challenges and for our life victories. Today, if you feel as though you are wasting away just waiting on God to do something, realize that this period of time is designed for you to be strengthened in Him. Are you making the best of your time or are you so worried about what you are waiting for that you are of no use right this moment?
Yes, Advent is a time of anticipating, but also a time to renew our relationship with The Father of All Creation. Today, offer a prayer like this: “God, I know that all things are done in Your time and in Your way, so will you allow me the wisdom to wait and to join You in the work that You have prepared me for? Allow me to be usable where You have planted me today. I trust You with all that I am and all that I have.” Amen.
I believe that God has His greatest work on the horizon for us. You were created with a purpose and He will use you to bring glory unto Himself. I love you and look forward to seeing how God will use us together in the years ahead!
Go Out and Make a Difference,