Advent is hard for me. Waiting is not my specialty. “Let’s get moving already,” could be written on my tombstone. I’m always looking for the shortest line in the store, the quickest route to a destination, and you can forget waiting for the coffee to quit brewing before I pour my first cup. The biggest problem I have this Advent is waiting for peace and hope. This country of mine seems to have forgotten what it means to be a nation that treats all creation as stewards and good neighbors. It seems everyday is a breaking headline that makes me want to turn into Superwoman and take down the villains or just hide under my covers and give up for the day. Waiting for peace seems silly to me right now. People are hurting now, the environment is crying for help now. This Advent, it just makes more sense to me to wait but keep my feet in motion.
Today’s Scripture reminds me why Advent is so important. We’re not just waiting for the Baby that lays in the manger. We are looking forward to the joy, hope, and peace he brings.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16
In this account, there is a clear moving water that seems to come from the Throne of God into a new place, a new city. A Holy city where our nations are healed and the Tree of Life gives endless produce. While I believe we are to bring heaven down to us while we’re here, I know it won’t be in full reveal until we get there. When I see it this way, I understand why waiting for Emmanuel is so important. Maybe it’s a time of reflection, maybe it’s time for self-evaluation. What am I doing that isn’t bringing peace or hope? I’m sure me telling everyone to hurry up and wait in my house isn’t very peaceful. I’m positive that dragging my family around throughout the front of the store to find the shortest line brings anything but peace to them. Especially since I usually find the line that is short for a reason, everyone left it because of a hold up. I believe that’s God teaching me.
So maybe, for me, it’s less about waiting for peace on earth and more about peace within. I hope you’ll join me in seeking peace within.