I am a very impatient person. I do not like to wait for anything. I have been known to call someone back several times in a row because I just can't handle waiting for them to return my call. I freak out when my computer takes more than 60 seconds to load. I've even struggled speaking with some people because they speak so slowly that I have a hard time not finishing sentences for them (ok that one is a little embarrassing). If I'm not careful and intentional, I'll be in motion from the time I wake up till the time I go to sleep. I schedule out my days because I want to know "what's next?".
So learning patience and learning to enjoy being patient does not come naturally. I have to remind myself to breathe, encourage myself that it'll be ok, and force myself to slow down. And yet, when I do that I find so much peace and joy. Is it any surprise that God isn't only in the hustle but is also in the still, quiet places? What a gift to serve a God who greets us in unexpected places! Waiting patiently may never be my first instinct but it has become the desire of my heart as I have found peace in trusting that God is not on a schedule and that he isn't overwhelmed by mine. I can wait patiently and trust that although I may feel like I'm running around or running out of time, God sees me. Life may not be perfect but God is good and faithful. Every corner, every decision, every next...there is God asking me if my worry and work really produced any of this beauty? It's in those moments that I realize "oh I should have appreciated that in the moment!" The journey is part of the adventure...don't rush it! I think God chuckles every time I say "Ok...what's next?" So I'll take this Advent to slow down, be patient, and wait for God's time trusting in Him to provide.
Written by a youth team member
*This devotional was inspired by and written using Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. The Clarity Youth Ministry is grateful to have this incredible resource and encourage you to buy your own copy of the book to further your Advent study, which you can do by clicking this link.