The Virtue of Waiting
"Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!"
These opening words of the all time favourite carol "O, Holy Night" highlight for us the significant season of waiting that humankind was in prior to that first Christmas, when bursting on the scene of human history, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God Himself, stepped out of eternity into time to fulfill the mission of laying down His life for an undeserving world.
That waiting ended - Jesus came, died, rose and ascended into Heaven. The world now, in "sin and error pining" is again in a season of waiting for the soon return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ; this time not as a babe in a manger but as a the triumphant King of kings and Lord of lords.
This season of Advent (derived from Latin term which means “coming” or “arrival) is a reminder that we are in a time of waiting.
Waiting is not a very popular word in this fast-paced world in which we live, work and play. Waiting is often regarded as a challenging and sometimes frustrating experience. However, it can certainly be seen as a virtue, carrying with it numerous positive aspects and lessons.
During the season of waiting deep lessons can be learnt; growth can be experienced and other virtues like patience and endurance can be fostered.
Welcome to this Advent series where we delve into the profound theme of 'Waiting.' As we enter this sacred season, marked by anticipation and hope, we embark on a journey exploring the often-overlooked virtue of waiting. In a world that rushes through moments, the art of waiting stands as a beacon of patience, resilience, and profound growth.
Throughout this series, I invite you to pause, reflect, and embrace the beauty found within the stillness of waiting.
Together, let's explore the myriad dimensions of waiting – from the patience it instills, the resilience it fosters, to the wisdom and joy it unveils. Join me as I delve deeper into this virtue, discovering the transformative power it holds during this Advent season.
What are you waiting for?
Points to Ponder
Reflect on a season in your life where you had to wait for something. Did you learn anything significant in that season?
As you 'wait' in this season of Advent, is there anything fresh that you're learning about the “Christmas Child?” Is the Saviour calling you into a deeper walk with him?