Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent Waiting

Have you ever noticed how much of life is about waiting? We wait in the drive thru line at the fast food store. We wait in the waiting room at the doctor and/or dentist's office.We wait for those we love. We wait for packages and fun snail mail to arrive in the mail. We wait at the airport. The truth is that we actually wait a lot in our lives. Yet, I don't know about you, but for me, I have a hard time waiting. I can get pretty impatient.

And when it comes to God answering my prayers and/or the desires of my heart, it seems like my patience meter runs even shorter. I want it to be answered right now! Yet God doesn't answer our prayers or the desires of our heart like that, does God? God has a plan in store for each and every one of us. I am reminded of a Tweet from my blog friend Kaitlyn "God has a very, very good plan. We may not understand it, but that doesn't make it any less good." Oh how I need to cling to those words in the waiting!

Sometimes it seems like those plans are coming into place for every one but me. Just a few weeks ago, a camp friend got engaged. I am so excited for her. Her fiance is a single dad so she gains an instant family. Then on Thanksgiving, a good friend was proposed too. My heart and head have a hard time holding my emotions during these joyous occasions because part of me is so excited for them while another part of me feels deflated.

Yet Advent is all about waiting, isn't it? My friend Susan gifted me an early release copy of Mandy Hale's book "A Beautiful Uncertainty." She knew her words were exactly what my soul needed. My favorite chapter is a chapter titled "Advent, Single, and Waiting" Funny thing is that I read that chapter just as Advent was nearing. Because Advent is indeed all about waiting.

As the weeks lead up to Christmas and Jesus' birth, we find ourselves dwelling in the Word and the peace and holiness of this season. In John chapter one, we read "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it."--John 1:1-5

We wait for this Word, born of flesh, Emmanuel! Like Mary, we ponder and treasure all these things in our hearts. Like the shepherds, we wait and find the baby Jesus lying in the manger. Like the wise men, we wait and bring the Messiah gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We wait for this one who is sent into the world to bring hope and peace and joy and will later die on a cross for our sins. We wait because we trust in a God who fulfills God's promises!

Yes, a God who fulfills God's promises. Those are important words for us all to cling to and remember especially during this Advent season. Much like we await the birth of Jesus, I find myself waiting and clinging to God's promises to me. I may not know the day nor the hour but God has a plan for me and each and every one of us. In fact, it may not be the plan I have pictured for myself but it is the plan God has designed specifically for me. And that plan is oh so good!

May we all wait and hold onto the hope of our faithful God who is always ever faithful especially as we wait and watch for this precious baby boy born in a stable in Bethlehem oh so many years ago..this holy child who comes to remind us of God's love and faithfulness for all God's people.

I am linking up with these beautiful faith-filled women: Holly at Testimony Tuesday, Kelly and the RaRa Linkup, Jennifer and Tell His Story, and Holley and Coffee for your Heart.



 

18 comments:

  1. What a great perspective! Its so easy to weary in the waiting, but when you compare it to the excitement of this season, it takes on a new meaning.

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Yes, weary in the waiting but when I compare it to the excitement of this season, it indeed takes on a brand new meaning full of hope.

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  2. Ah yes... Kindred as always! xoxo

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    1. Yep kindred as always! xoxo

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  3. That Susan is awesome ;) I am glad you are gleaning from the book. My very best friend is single actually and so even though I am not walking in either one of your shoes I do feel like I have an understanding of watching other people go through those major milestones in life and wondering why you are still waiting. I will be praying for you that God would continue to bless you and speak to you in this season.

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    1. Yes, that Susan is awesome! I remember you sharing a little before about your friend who is single too.Thanks for the prayers friend. They are what often sustain me!

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  4. i just watched a video of the wedding of nancy leigh demoss. i think she is now in her 60's. it was interesting what she said when she was approached by a friend who was a widower. i was the happiest and healthiest i had ever been. i was enjoying being single and felt fulfilled in my life. i had to stop to consider if i should pursue this relationship.

    obviously she did, but i think the secret to her happiness was that she enjoyed the life she had until GOD brought someone along. very interesting. the videos on her blog are very interesting.

    the wait for the people of God was long and often lonely. it lasted over 1000's of years. his coming was preceded by the 400 silent years when there was no prophet or anyone speaking from GOD. there must have been many who wondered if the prophecy was misunderstood at best!

    until that nite in bethlehem! when quietly in the manger Jesus was born...and outside on the fields the angels appeared! how amazing:)

    we never know GOD's plans for us. while we wait, we live and keep working for His glory. it isn't always easy...married or not. but His plan for us is perfect no matter what. and i don't say it glibly.

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    1. Martha, someone shared with me about Nancy Leigh Demoss awhile back. I do enjoy my life. It is just that I sometimes get so weary in the waiting. I love your reminder that the people of God often had to wait too. You are so right!

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  5. Thank you for writing from your heart. Waiting is hard and something that I am not very good at sometimes. But God is so faithful even in the waiting. Trusting Him is where it's at! Thank you especially for these words..."We wait because we trust in a God who fulfills God's promises!" Blessings!

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    1. Thanks! Those are some of my favorite words too! Blessings to you too!

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  6. Oh my goodness. The waiting. I can relate. I remember the feelings I experienced when I was waiting to get pregnant. More than four years, I waited. I watched friend after friend after friend have baby after baby after baby. It was painful and I did not handle myself as graciously as you are! I allowed myself to get jealous and resentful and depressed--but I didn't have Jesus in my life at that time either. I'm so glad you do!!!! Praying for you dear as you wait on God's perfect beautiful wonderful and ever-so-clever timing!

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    1. Christine, I am glad to hear you can relate. It helps to know others understand. Thank you for saying that I handle myself graciously, I don't always feel that way. Thanks for the prayers. They are so often what sustains me!

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  7. Waiting is hard. Really hard. And I cannot imagine how hard it must be for you watching others receive what you so long for, even though I know your heart swells with happiness for them at the same time. But this, so true: I may not know the day nor the hour but God has a plan for me and each and every one of us. In fact, it may not be the plan I have pictured for myself but it is the plan God has designed specifically for me. And that plan is oh so good!

    May we all hold onto that truth in the waiting. Visiting as your neighbor this week at Holley's Coffee for Your Heart.

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    1. Anna, yes waiting is really hard. That is one of my fave lines in this plan too. Yes may we all hold onto truth in the waiting.

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  8. Whew! Waiting is hard. I want to know how things are going to work out so I can prepare and plan. But God-He always says, "Nope, you gotta trust me." :) It's so hard, isn't it?

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    1. Alecia, me too, me too! It is indeed so hard, but like you said, we need to remember to trust in God. That is often so much easier said than done though!

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  9. May the Holy Spirit fill you with peace and patience as you await, my friend. I'm not a very good 'waiter'--so I totally get this!

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