I hope you are doing well! I know some of you are in the midst of mock exams or gearing yourself up towards mocks after Christmas. We are approaching advent which is all about waiting, waiting for the arrival of Jesus. During advent there is so much anticipation for Christmas Day and for another day to pass (especially if you have an advent calendar with the chocolate you really like).
When we are really looking forward to something a lot of the time we are just trying to get to where we want to be and when we get there it is so exciting. The days that fall between that point often end up like a write off. I have started thinking about how to wait well. Maybe you cannot wait for Christmas holidays, the end of exams, until the weekend or something you’re looking forward to. My reflection recently about waiting well has been remembering what it says in Lamentations 3:22-23:
‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.’
Every single morning without fail the sun rises and when we wake up, God’s mercies are new once again. God’s mercy in the Bible means him withholding from punishing us. Jeremiah wrote Lamentations in a time of grief and it contains laments which express distress and pain. From chapter 3 in Lamentations including the verse above is when it has transitioned into hope. Yay! God’s love never fails and it always carries us through.
What I really want you to take away from is what Psalm 30:5 makes a summary of so well:
‘weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.’
Maybe there is something you really cannot wait to get to the end of or maybe you feel really content at the moment. Regardless of how things are for you at the moment I would really encourage you to try and cultivate the mentality of taking things one day at a time. The two passages we’ve looked at show us that God has new things for us to experience and learn every day and when we are in a hurry to metaphorically get to Christmas Day, we miss advent and what there is to enjoy in the days before where we wanted to be.