Third Sunday in Advent

"It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has chosen by His own authority." Acts 1:7

Waiting: Not Our Way, But God's Way

It is almost cliché to say that Advent is about waiting. We all know that it is about waiting, but it is a unique sort of waiting because we know precisely when it will end. In few other areas of our lives are we afforded such a privilege.

We can plan and schedule almost every aspect of our lives, thinking ahead and anticipating the events that will come; computers now allow us to schedule appointments years in advance and be reminded of them automatically to make sure that we are ready. But God?s will in our lives is infrequently manifested in this way. At least with me, He has a tendency to reveal only a portion of the plan that He has in store. Often, my plans are different from God?s plans for me and time and time again I am forced into an uncomfortable period of adjustment as my will yields to His and I see how much more wonderful His plan was all along.

Our pre-programmed, tightly-scheduled, fast-paced lives condition us to believe that everything must be controlled; control provides structure, structure provides order, order provides comfort and security. However, this is yet another example of how God?s way is not our way. He asks us to have faith, to trust, and to wait calmly. Waiting is never easy, but it is our calling. It is not for us to know the times or the seasons which the Father has chosen by His own authority.

So, may this Advent be a time for waiting and may it train our hearts to be more patient and more trusting and more faithful. God?s plan for us, even though it has not yet been fully revealed, is a guarantee. In Advent we wait for Christmas, but we needn?t do anything but wait in order to make it come. As certainly as Christmas will always follow Advent, God?s pathways will always bring us to the fullness of His glory. We needn?t do anything but wait...

-- Sandy Webb '05