A Pastoral Word
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord.
" But they that the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount
up with wings as eagles;
“Be still and know that I am God”
I hate waiting! I have always hated waiting. I need to “do” all the time and really don’t sit still very well. Just ask Mike! I have never been able to wait very patiently. Just ask my mom! And every year during Advent, I struggle to wait...wait to celebrate Christmas, wait for the joyous news, wait for the Lord to share the Good News once more. And this Advent is no different except that Mike and I find ourselves in a different kind of waiting...waiting to hear from the Adoption Agency that someone has picked us to be their baby’s parents. I have “controlled” all the details that I can. I have written my birth parents’ letter. I have put together our portfolio. And we have turned it in and now we wait.
And I find myself in new territory: waiting expectantly, waiting hope-filled, waiting in anticipation. I find myself in a continuous season of Advent. One of the lessons that I am trying (let me stress trying) to embrace is that there is God’s time and there is my time. I keep these three verses in my office to remind myself that God has plans for me and that what God has planned is so much more than I can imagine.
As I move through this continuous season of Advent, I have come to realize that there are some things that I need to do to prepare for the arrival of this new being that will hopefully soon come into our lives. I need to be in a place where I can fully open my heart and my soul up to this child. Mike and I need to do some work on the parsonage so that we can prepare a healthy happy home for this child. And I need to be at a place where I can recognize and celebrate the miracle that life really is. And to be honest, I am not sure I am there yet. But I know that this season of waiting and preparation will help me get to this point where I will be ready do to all these things and more.
So my challenge this Advent season is to immerse myself in the waiting and simply let God be God. My challenge this Advent season is to be still, and let God work in my life without my interfere or my opinion (which I will probably still give, but I need to learn to accept that God may not take my advice) My challenge this Advent season is to wait upon the Lord, knowing that God has always been there for me and continues to hold me in the palm of God’s hand.
So I invite you to join me in this time of waiting and this time of anticipation because God has amazing things planned for us. And they are so much more than we could ever imagine!