I don’t like to wait for anything. Do you? I loved it when Amazon.com came up with Amazon Prime, so that my books (or whatever) could arrive in two days, sometimes even less. On 60 Minutes earlier this week, however, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, wowed television crews, Charlie Rose and viewers with his plan for even faster delivery in the future. His estimate is that in 4-5 years, in urban areas, packages weighing 5 pounds or less could be delivered to your doorstep within thirty minutes! How? By drones! Or, what they are calling octocopters. Can you imagine ordering a book or two on line and having it delivered to your home by air in less time than it takes a pizza to be delivered? Amazing. Like I said, I don’t like to wait for anything.
But some things are worth waiting for. Take Christmas, for example. I’m not here to complain about commercialism creeping in as early as October. The truth is, I expect it. No, I’m more concerned that we who know Jesus often want to rush head long into Christmas, without engaging in the reflection and prayer of the season of Advent, first. (There is a similar lesson in how we rush to Easter without fully engaging the Season of Lent, but that’s another post for another time.) When we do this I think we take the incarnation of God in Christ for granted. What we need — what I need — is some time to wait, pray and reflect on the mystery and wonder of God incarnate (in the flesh), and of our great need for a Savior.
As we journey through Advent Conspiracy in the coming weeks at ECC, let me invite you to jump in and take part, just as you have with The Story, so far. Let me invite you to slow down, to wait and to spend time in reflection and prayer in the weeks to come. You might begin by checking out one of several Advent reading plans over at the YouVersion Bible site. Make time in the morning, over lunch or around the dinner table to read and press into the waiting, prayer and the looking forward to the coming of Christ.
I hate to wait for packages to arrive (and I find the notion of package-delivering drones rather cool, to be honest), but let’s face it, when it comes to celebrating the gift of Christ at Christmas – God with us – some things are worth waiting for. I hope you’ll join me in the waiting.
What practices have you found helpful in your personal experiences of the Advent Season?