Week 2 of Advent | Sarah Garrett
Wednesday, December 12
The season of Advent seems countercultural now. We are not a generation who waits. We are the ones who go, see, and do. We are proactive. We are go-getters. For many of us, it is hard to wrap our minds around this season—a season of waiting, a season of expectation. We find ourselves uncomfortable in periods of anticipation. What are we supposed to do? Twiddle our thumbs?
Waiting periods, for me at least, have often been a source of anxiety. It is in this time of expectancy that I question anything and everything. I find myself growing more and more concerned; fearing what is to come next, attempting to plan my next move, and praying that what is being anticipated is everything I hope it will be.
The theme of the Advent guide this year comes from the words of a hymn, “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People.” We often do not think of Advent as a time in which we need comfort. After all, there is such joy in the message of the coming of Christ at Christmas! Yet, despite there being a glorious outcome, we are still forced to sit and be in a foreign place of wait. Anxieties and insecurities crop up. We find ourselves less and less sure of the truths that are much easier to grasp when we are on the move and propelling ourselves forward.
It is in these times that we find ourselves reaching out for comfort. In Psalm 38, the psalmist is crying out for comfort from the God he hopes in (v. 15). Again in Psalm 119, the psalmist pleads for understanding and strength (v. 27-28). In this waiting period, we too are meant to cry out for comfort. We seek understanding and strength from the God in whom our hopes lie.
Just like Isaiah, we are a people who are begging to be sent: “Here I am. Send me!” (Isa. 6.8). But the times of life in which we are called to wait must not be overlooked. It is in these times that perseverance and faith are cultivated (2 Thess. 1.4).
Yes, we are a generation of people who “go” and “do.” Waiting is no easy task for us. We remember, though, that what and for whom we are waiting is well worth the time spent in uncertainty. We pray for comfort in the meantime.
Be comforted and wait.
Senior, Christian Leadership Major
To download a digital copy of the 2012 Advent Guide, put out by Belmont’s School of Religion, click here.