The Waiting Game

This is a guest post by Linda Ricke.

man waitingThanksgiving is well behind us; it’s officially Christmas season. As soon as advertisers start their yearly enticement to spend, children begin their annual waiting game for Santa. It’s hard for little ones to wait four weeks. It isn’t always easy for adults either.

I’ve been doing a lot of waiting myself lately. I’ve been waiting for an appointment to see someone for a month. It’s been frustrating, and when I get to the appointment, I’ll most certainly have to wait again. In preparation, I’ll take something along to distract me.

As I await feedback on a different project that could prove to be life-transformative, it only seems like the wait has been forever in that barren emptiness of the unknown.

Isaiah 40:3 tells us, “A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the desert a way for the Lord.’” In Advent God charges us with getting ready for His Son. But God asks us not to be distracted. He wants us watchful and aware, our minds, eyes, and hearts wide open. He knows it is in the questions we ask ourselves while we are waiting that God provides us with the answers we only think we need to know now. That’s why God makes us wait.

Linda Ricke is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother who writes about everyday life from Monticello, Florida.