It became apparent that a “big one” was coming. It also became apparent that much of what was anticipated with great enthusiasm was not going to take place. Now what?
“Well, as the story goes, I guess we’ll just wait out the storm.” “Well, what will we do while we wait?”
It was something that I was really looking forward to being involved with. After the event was canceled, I felt a fair bit of disappointment. Alas, circumstances dictated that it would have to be another day.
Well, what will we do while we wait? Therein lies the great question of Advent. How do we spend our time as we anticipate the coming of our Lord? And here is the great Advent answer: PREPARING!
I believe the letter to the Romans makes a very compelling case for preparing as we let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one in another in showing honor. Do not lag in showing zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, preserve in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to the stranger. (Romans 12:9-13)
Unexpected times of waiting do not have to be idle times. In fact, they can be wonderful gifts of opportunity to live as God calls us.