Waiting



Daily reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
Sunday December 6, 2015

Focus passage: Go up on a high mountain, messenger Zion!  Raise your voice and shout, messenger Jerusalem!  Raise it; don’t be afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:9

Have you ever noticed that there are different kinds of waiting?  There is the somewhat pointless waiting that happens when we are standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for our turn to check out.  There is the waiting that happens at a red light, or in the car line waiting for kids to get out of school.  In those instances you are only paused for a moment until you move forward.  And depending upon how quickly you need to get somewhere, it can be anxious waiting.

Then there is kind of waiting that matters.  It is the waiting that makes it hard to focus on everyday tasks because you are waiting to find out an answer. This type of waiting happens when you are waiting for the doctor to give you test results.  There is the waiting that happens when you wait to hear if you got the job.  There is the waiting to see if you will be chosen for jury duty.  This type of waiting carries more weight because the news of what you are waiting for has the potential to change your life or that the very least your day.

Advent is a time of active waiting, of preparing for God to come and do something new and amazing in your life.

Take time today to think about what you are waiting for God to do in your life.

Prayer: God who calls us away from our daily routines, who desires us to follow you on unknown paths, open me to your presence today.  Amen.

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