Bus stops, grocery lines, and hold music teach us to think of waiting as throwaway time, a way station between here and Where We Want To Be.
But in some sense, isn’t all of life a way station, this now-and-not-yet time between Christ’s resurrection and return? We pray and work toward on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven, trusting the Kingdom of God grows among us, but things aren’t right, not yet. Sin, death, and oppression abound. We worship things, objectify people, and pick each other’s wounds until they’re raw. Here isn’t Home, yet here we are, overwhelmed by longing for Eden’s shalom.
He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
It’s a troublesome tension: treading dark corners without despairing of them and holding onto hope though the waiting feels interminable.
I've got an advent meditation over at Deeper Story today. Technically, it's a re-worked repost, but this is a whole new advent, friends. Maybe you missed it the first go 'round. Maybe you want to read the New! Improved! version. You probably do.