Actively waiting

To be honest, up until Christmas last year, I did not quite understand what Advent was. It’s a little embarrassing to admit considering I’ve been a Christian now for ten years.
This year though, I was excited for this and wanted to celebrate. I saved an Advent calendar to my iPad so I could look at scripture daily for the 25 days until Christmas. I also purchased an Advent Bible study from shereadstruth which includes a daily reading and insight into that particular scripture for the day. It’s only been two days, but something I read today spoke to my heart.
I’ve been feeling spiritually low as of late and I’ve let the busyness of my schedule take over my mind and heart causing me to push certain things aside. Specifically, my quiet time. But, tonight, I felt a small tug on my heart and I knew what it was. It was God pushing me to read His beautiful Word. What I read opened my eyes to what was really going on with me lately. I am in a season of waiting. Waiting is tough. I constantly have this nagging feeling inside of me that there is something more, something bigger. This season of waiting had led me to be anxious, unhappy at times, and discontent with my situation. Whatever it is I’m waiting for, Romans 8:28 has a quiet and reassuring reminder for me: “The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s spirit is right alongside helping us along (MSG)”. This is exactly what I need to do. I need to be reminded that God is right here beside me, guiding me through this waiting period and when I forget that important point, I need to go to Him in prayer and invite Him in to my waiting. This is the only way I’ll be able make it through alive.
Advent is a season of waiting. It is a season for Christians to wait patiently for the arrival of our Savior and our Redeemer. During this season, my hope is to learn to let God lead me through my period of waiting while gently reminding me, ultimately, I am waiting ever so patiently for the arrival of Jesus.

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