Luke 2: 25-38
In one sense the whole of Advent is about practising waiting, so it’s either unfair to have made you wait until Christmas Eve, or you’re so well practised you’ve not noticed!
In one sense you can do nothing about practising waiting, because the time to fulfilment is often out of our hands, but there’s waiting and then there’s waiting.
I’m ok at waiting for a clear and definite outcome, when it’s not too long to wait.
I’m dreadful at waiting for pretty much anything else, whether that be the final whistle when we’re winning, or my coffee at the end of the counter. It’s no excuse, but the increasing computer speeds appear to be matched by my increasing impatience … as does that of many people awaiting an e-mail reply from me!
That’s why I think it’s only fair to bring Simeon and Anna back on stage … after the fulfilment of their big wait. I think they must both have had great parents who affirmed and celebrated their ability to wait patiently. It was a long, long wait, but let’s note what practising waiting on God did for them. Then, just maybe, we can draw on some more motivation to wait patiently for whatever God is leading us to pray and lean into:
- Righteousness grows as the roots of dependency upon God deepen (25).
- Devotion develops in consistency the longer our hope in its’ fulfilment remains fixed (25).
- Waiting is only worth developing for worthwhile outcomes (25).
- The Holy Spirit rests on those who wait on Him (25).
- Hope knows God will do it (26).
- Hope for tomorrow makes for peace for today (26).
- Looking for fulfilment maintains an openness ‘today is the day of salvation’ (27).
- Waiting on God develops our eyes of faith and the recognition of God’s activity before our physical eyes (28).
- The fulfilment of our waiting is quick to acknowledge the sovereignty of God (29). Let God be God.
- Waiting for what we cannot see can reveal the significance when it does come to light (30-32).
- Waiting on God and a life of worship may look the same (37).
- Waiting on God may appear to be doing nothing, but develops discipline, patience, hope and deep relationship (37).
Prayer: Dear Lord. Help me focus my eyes upon you and your future yet to be fulfilled. May your kingdom come, on earth as in heaven and meet me in my waiting, so your purposes in my life may also be fulfilled, in your time and for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.