“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” (NIV)
It’s hard to wait for things. And our society doesn’t make it any easier. We’re used to getting things pretty much right away.
The other day I was in the Tim Horton’s drive-thru. Someone two cars up had one of those big orders, as if they had ordered for a whole hockey team. Because it was taking longer than usual the person in the car behind them was having a near-cataclysmic brain attack. (For the record, I don’t know what a near-cataclysmic brain attack is, but that seems to be what they were having.)
We may not like it, but waiting is a part of life.
You need to wait for test results. You need to wait for hard work to bear fruit. You also need to wait for things like happiness… or someone to call… or a prayer to be answered.
You also need to wait for the birth of Christ at Christmas.
The season of Advent starts on Sunday—and that’s a part of what it’s all about.
Here’s are two reasons why I think waiting is important:
1. Waiting reminds you that you’re not in control of every little detail in your life
2. Waiting forces you to prepare
So as Advent begins, ask yourself this: What will I do to prepare for the birth of Christ in my life? It has little to do with stockings and multi-coloured trees. And I’m sure he’s already in your life to some degree already.
But what will you do to give him more control, instead of less? What will you do to put him more in the centre, and less in the margins?
If Jesus isn’t expanding his influence in your life, he probably isn’t in your life the way he expects.
When Mary and Joseph arrived at Bethlehem, there was no room for them at the Inn. Today, the Inn isn’t a building—it’s a muscle in your chest that we call a heart.
As it says in Joy to the World, “Let every heart prepare him room.”
This Advent, the key question is this: “What will I do to prepare for the birth of Christ in my life?”
By Matthew Ruttan
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