How do you wait?
That seems like such a stupid question, but I want you to think about it for a moment. When you're asked to wait for something or someone, what do you do?
If I'm waiting for someone to give me a ride, am I watching TV or have I gotten my shoes on, all my things gathered, and sitting at the front door?
When I'm waiting for a meeting to start, am I checking Facebook or am I reading my notes of what we talked about last meeting and finalizing all the points I wanted to bring up today?
When I'm waiting to play football with students, am I standing in the center of the field wondering where everyone is or have I gathered the football and pinnies, marked out the end zones and made sure I know when we need to be done?
It took me a long time to practice "active waiting". The art of waiting with a purpose. Waiting while doing something and not just sitting there mentally complaining about having to wait.
In this season of Advent we are encouraged to wait on God. And too often that is translated as "sit". Instead, why don't we try actively waiting on God? What would that look like for you? What would you look like if you practiced actively waiting for God to move in your life? Jude gives us an idea:
Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your most holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you to pray. And keep in step with God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to show how kind he is by giving you eternal life. Be helpful to all who may have doubts. Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. (Jude 1:20-23a, CEV)
My challenge for you this Christmas: try waiting on God. You may be surprised all you can learn and do while waiting.