Standing in line at the grocery store recently I found myself wondering how it’s even possible in our hurry-up world to stand in line for anything. I’m the first person to claim the desires of my heart as soon as they come available. The thought is that we “deserve” whatever it is we are claiming and we shouldn’t have to wait for it. So, what does waiting well in any season look like?

If you are even somewhat aware of what is happening in our world, you must feel the tension that results from each person striving for what they want. Many times this happens at the expense of others. We have lost the fine art of waiting well in any season. We hang our hope on the latest and greatest. When things don’t go our way we fight back. We lack the hope and peace that should accompany any season of waiting. It doesn’t have to look like this. God is willing to show us in the middle seasons of challenge and waiting how to hold onto Him for all we need.

Waiting in the Wilderness

There is a both/and feeling when living in a season of waiting. There is the thought that you just want the wait to be over quickly. As hard as it is to walk through the wilderness, these are the times I have learned the most and grown deeper in my faith.

If I had to describe wilderness living, this is what I would say:

You are HERE, wherever HERE is. You see days stretching out before you and the days that are long gone, but you find that something is missing in your here and now. Today looks like yesterday and will probably look just like tomorrow. Routine becomes the norm but somehow a piece of you tries to grab onto the elusive thing that is just out of reach. Daily thoughts hover on the edge of believing there is more, but life weighs you down with the thought of trying to make it through. This is the wilderness. The place where we have the chance to leave the biggest footprint in our lives and the lives of others. This is where we meet God and find out He has been with us all along. This is wilderness living. And this is our Advent life.

The Advent Narrative

How do you wait well when every day looks like the one before in the wilderness? What do you do to maintain a forward motion when the end seems so far away?

So, how do we wait well? Is there an easy answer? Join me at Jeanne Takenaka’s where together we can learn more about wilderness living. Click HERE.

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