Patience: Second Sunday of Advent

I am like the weather when it comes to patience. Sometimes I feel I can be the most steadfast, even-keeled person in chaotic situations and in the next moment I can give in to a panic or disruption to my timing and scream the end of the world.

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Patience is interesting.

And it’s a choice.

When I would do projects with my kids when they were little, I would need to choose patience in letting the project take longer in order let them try, maybe fail, or just do it slower.

I confess look back and realize I could have done better with that because I was too caught up in getting it done.

I actually ache over the lost experience of watching them figure things out. I can’t go back and just be with them. But I can definitely learn from those experiences.

So how does patience fit for our Second Sunday of Advent?

Israel was told a Prince of Peace was coming. An Everlasting Counselor. The King of all Kings! The promised one, Messiah!

Generations would come and go and still they waited and looked forward to the day.

I’m curious sometimes the Jews as individuals and families handled it. We don’t really know.

What we do know is God kept his promise and the Promised one came in Jesus the Christ.

I like this verse from Romans how it speaks to patience.

“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:25 (NLT)

Patience and confidence.

If we believe what we say we believe, that God is for us, with us, and the good work He started in us He will bring to completion, then patience becomes less about being tolerant (remember it’s a good work).

First, it actually helps us not miss the beautiful moment we are in moments where we need patience.

Second, there is a restful peace and trust available to us when we take confidence in God being at work even while wait.

I know for me in my past, present, and future there are situations I need to live in patience.

During this second week of Advent, go ahead and write down a couple things that you want to choose patience in.

Parenting?
Job future?
Unsettled relationship?
Something you to rush the outcome and you need to let it be?

Share what you wrote down with your family. There is strength in your house in each other. This week, it’s wait and see with confidence.

God is good!

Peder

Waiting…

I’m sitting in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport right now. I have about three hours before my flight to Memphis and then home to Minneapolis. I’m here so early because I was trying to get on an earlier flight home. I looked online and the possibilities to get a seat were good.

I’m not sure what happened but somewhere between looking online and arriving at the airport, all of the seats were filled with no chance of standby. I am so bummed. I love the idea of getting home earlier than planned. Instead I wait…and wait…and wait.

It’s not like I don’t get to go home. I will still get to go home and see my family, but I had built up some anticipation about the earlier homecoming.

I think it’s like that when God asks us to wait on Him. I don’t know about you but I love to have plans and have them work out they way I want, when I want. Yet my timing is not God’s timing. When the scripture says Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD (Psalm 27:14), I always know it’s right and good but it sure can be hard to change my anticipated plans.

Every time I have forced the issue, every time I have taken matters into my own hands, I have been disappointed. God’s plans are always better than mine.

It’s not about getting home early; seeing my family earlier seems like nothing but upsides. It’s about trusting God even though I want something different than He has planned. It’s about trusting God even when things aren’t going my way.

It’s hard.

Yet still I wait because (this is the best part) my Abba Father is waiting with me and He is doing something in me while I wait. I believe it!

Take heart, my friends. Though the waiting isn’t fun, His plans are always worth it.

Peder