I’ve been thinking a lot about waiting during this Advent season. Advent is the season of preparation when we light candles as we prepare for Christmas.
The other day while out shopping I was sitting at a red light. It was one of those lights where each direction takes an individual turn at the green light. So it takes a bit longer than the usual light. On this day the wait seemed forever. I was late for an appointment. We waited, and waited, and waited . . . .
Later in the day I was thinking and wondered why I am so impatient at the red light. Why is waiting so difficult? Why is “high speed” internet connection so critical to my well- being? Why is the microwave an instrument of survival in our time? Why does my blood boil when the repair folk don’t call me back within thirty minutes? Because I gotta have it now!
I remember when I would visit 95 year old Lola in our previous congregation. Sometime during the visit she would always observe, “We live so fast.”
Lola was right. We do. And somehow in all the ferociousness of this season, a few hours by the tree with the lights on, just pondering, will come as a blessing. Just do it!
Mary lived in a very different world, at a very different pace. But the events that changed her life, must have hit her like a tornado - angels, and pregnancy, and Joseph, and family, and a journey to Bethlehem and back by another way. Luke records near the end of the Christmas story, that Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
So what might we ponder in our “slow down” moments? What did God do that we are celebrating? What does that have to do with me? What do the love and grace shown in the gift of a baby, mean for our lives, here and now? What is the wonder of love in my life? What does it mean to receive a “Savior?”
Yes, there’s plenty to ponder. And not much time. So take the time. Take it! And let the pondering begin, and continue, and go on and on and on……
And may the God of hope, peace, joy and love fill us all in this time!