Partial Re-post from December 2013♥
Let us wait well my friends.
The season of Advent (defined as: the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays) is quickly ending, but there is still and always time to wait well.
Advent isn't just about waiting, it's about what you do while you are waiting.
How you wait says a lot about you. In some cases, it says a lot about how you control your emotions.
I was in line at the post office the other day. Since it is almost Christmas you can image how long the line was. I started to tear up, not because of the amount of time I was going to have to spend in line BUT because I was going to do what I usually do when I’m waiting in a line.
I read some great advice years ago and still use it today.
When you are stuck waiting, use the time worshipfully.
So I use it to remember how thankful I am. I use it to chat-up God.
I know we talked about gratitude and thankfulness yesterday.
Here’s the thing, you can’t be too thankful or too grateful. EVER.
No one likes to wait. But I can think of many things worse than waiting, so be the person who is keeping the mood light. Smile, nod hello. I’m a smiler. I want people to feel better when they see me. I want people to feel better about waiting. It usually works.
Back to the line and my chat with God.
Thank you for a husband who loves me and a healthy family. Thank you for the food we have to eat and a car that runs. Thank you for my home and the heat in it. Thank you for the shining sun & strong coffee…
And so it goes. When I call to mind all the good-good, the waiting isn’t so bad.
Rewind to last Sunday and a pretty decent snow storm. I was on my way to a school event and found myself behind someone who felt 5 and I mean 5 miles an hour, would be a good, safe speed. Ugh. I became a less than stellar waiter. I kept thinking the car in front of me would go a little faster but NO. I was getting really frustrated – I finally yelled out, “Come On!” and then I laughed at myself.
This whole episode/tantrum took about 3 minutes.
What good was getting all worked up going to do me? Sure, I felt better after the outburst. But more than that, I felt silly for being so impatient. I mentally stopped - I was practically stopped anyway since we were only going 5 mph – I again spoke out loud – “Sorry God! I need a little patience. I know the person in front of me is being extra cautious. Help us both get where we are going safely. Amen”
Advent is about waiting and what you do while you are waiting - preparing, praying, worshiping and more.
Advent is about Peace and Hope and Joy and Love.
I wait for Christ’s birth during Advent and I use that time worshipfully just like any other time I’m required to wait.
I won’t just wait FOR peace, hope, joy and love to show up on Christmas day.
I will wait IN those things. I will wait in hope, in peace, in joy, I will wait in love.
Advent is a great reminder of the beauty in waiting.
I bet you can hardly wait for your 1,2,3:
1. Be a good waiter aka wait well
2. Use your waiting time worshipfully or at the very least purposfully
3. Wait in peace, hope, joy and love