A Season for Waiting Patiently, Expectantly, Lovingly

Therefore, the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isa. 30:18 (ESV)

You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:8 (NLT)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness2 Pet. 3:9 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, the Advent theme of “waiting” confronts me in every context of life. Why am I in such a hurry? Why the rush? At just the right time, you sent Jesus. Not a day too early, and not a day late. It will be the same with Jesus’ second coming.

But as for me, cars in front of me cannot move fast enough. FedEx, UPS, and the US Postal Service can’t be delivered quick enough. Restaurants can’t serve me soon enough, Wi-Fi can’t be speedy enough, and people can’t make their point soon enough. That’s a confession, not a boast.

I repent, Father. Early in this season of Advent, I want to recalibrate my heart to move at the pace of grace, the speed of mercy, and the rate of love. Free my busy, cluttered, in-too-much-of-a-hurry self.

According to you, the only thing that counts is “faith expressing itself in love” (Gal. 5:6), not impatience expressing itself in irritation. May my “to love list” supersede my “to do list” a thousand-fold.

Father, thank you for not being in a hurry. Thank you for waiting to be gracious to us. Thank you for not being slow about your promises. Thank you for being patient with my impatience. I purpose to slow down, look up, listen expectantly, and linger in the presence of Jesus. Oh, come let us adore Him, indeed. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful and name.