As we journey through Advent, a season of waiting, we pray that this excerpt from the revised and expanded edition of the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook will encourage you in waiting.
“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans 8:25
No matter how disciplined, organized and prayerful you are, you never outgrow waiting. Tracts of humanity wait: for a job, peace, rain, a great love, medical care, disaster relief, a spot on the team, an acceptance letter. The homeless wait for homes. Refugees wait to return home. Elderly people wait for their savings to run out.
You would think with years to practice, we would get the hang of waiting. But how many of us would rather get our teeth drilled than wait? Yet learning to wait with Jesus is part of becoming Godlike. God is a waiter…