Advent: Waiting

Advent is about reminding ourselves to wait … waiting for God to save us and redeem and love us. We are constantly confronted with opportunities to not wait. The options are endless which is part of what makes waiting is difficult.

The other significant reason that waiting is so challenging is that God has a rhythm and timing that is often very different than we’d expect.

Writer/speaker Anthony de Mello made this observation about what we often do with our expectations about God:
“The fact is that you are surrounded by God and yet you don’t see God, because you ‘know’ about Him. The final barrier to the vision of God is our God concept. You miss God because you think you know. That’s the terrible thing about religion. That’s what the Gospels were saying – that religious people ‘knew,’ so they got rid of Jesus. The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable.”

Learning to wait means that we let go of expectations about timing and location and methods of God’s action & simply enjoy the fact that He waits with us.

Oswald Chambers put it this way, “Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.”


~ by Ted Wueste on December 6, 2010.

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