West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Monday, December 11, 2017

I don’t like to wait. It is said that patience is a virtue; if so, then it’s one I haven’t developed sufficiently yet. I want what I want, and I want it now! I am less and less willing to wait for anything or anyone. I am not proud of that fact, but it is a fact.
I suppose part of the problem was that we have been led to believe we won’t have to wait. That’s the kind of world we live in, after all. We expect to have instant access to almost everything in our society today. Need information? Don’t wait to ask someone – go online. Want to talk to someone? Don’t wait to see them – call on your cell phone. And don’t wait for them to call back – text them. After all, you want to talk to them now. The commercialization of the Christmas season has led to instant Christmas, too. The Halloween candy and decorations are hardly out of the stores before the Christmas merchandise and decorations come in. It’s Christmas in early November, complete with decorations and Christmas carols.
Into this world of instant gratification and impatient people the season of Advent comes with its emphasis on waiting, anticipating, and hoping. The ancient prophets couldn’t download an instant messiah when they wanted one. They waited, patiently hoping and trusting that God would fulfill the ancient promises to God’s people. When we wait we are not in control. We must hope and trust that the one who is in control will eventually come through. Waiting involves trusting someone else, not just relying on our own initiative. The ancient people of God had to adjust to God’s timetable, not their own. And so do we. Advent reminds us that good things come to those who wait. And the larger truth is that we are not in charge of quite so much as we may think.
During this Advent season, remember that we wait because we trust the one we are waiting for. And we look forward to the joy that is to come.
Reverend Mack