“Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.”
2 Peter 3:15
Two of the themes of Advent are waiting and patience. Advent is the four weeks before Christmas and while it is a season to prepare, it is very much about waiting too. We often hear children say, “I can’t wait till Christmas!” as they count off the days. Advent calendars and lighting our Advent wreaths help us to mark the time while we are waiting.
Our specific Advent theme this year at Knox is wonder. Perhaps the first step in practicing wonder is to pause – as it is hard to wonder when we are busy and hurried. To begin to wonder is to stop and consider a different, wider perspective. It requires waiting, it requires being patient.
To truly practice patience and wonder, like Advent itself, is countercultural. We live in a culture that wants things figured out immediately. We are not good with waiting and many of us have lost the capacity for patience. Technology while a wonderful tool has not helped us to be patient. We want a response to our text or email immediately. We can look up information quickly and get the answers now.
Is there any way in which you are feeling impatient right now? If so, what would it mean if, instead, you were to pause, wonder, and trust that the “patience of the Lord” will bring clarity? What does it mean to trust in God’s timing, not your own? Advent – is a time to wonder at the gift of what it means to wait.