You always know when there’s a but coming! An enthusiast response – that then goes on to have some kind of qualification, a condition on which we will comply.
I’ll do it – BUT
- I’ll do it my way
- I’ll do it when I’m ready
- I’ll only do it if…
God is waiting for our response.
What he offers to us is nothing less than the deepest love, a whole different depth of our perspective on life.
And he waits for our response, with his arms open wide.
Henri Nouwen asks how this effects our waiting in life?
Are we waiting for the right thing…?
The Lord Has Saved Us
6 On this mountain
the Lord All-Powerful
for all nations
a feast of the finest foods.
Choice wines and the best meats
will be served.
8 The Lord All-Powerful
will destroy the power of death
and wipe away all tears.
No longer will his people
be insulted everywhere.
The Lord has spoken!
9 At that time, people will say,
“The Lord has saved us!
We waited and hoped—
now our God is here.”
I love this passage, and its echo in Revelation 21. God is going to do a new thing. The tears will one day be wiped from our eyes.
We wait, we wait in hope. Wait for God to do what he has promised – because he will.
But as we wait, are their qualifications? Little things that we want to see differently?
Or can we just rest in God, and wait for him to do his thing – no ifs, no buts?
– with you
and for you.
no trying to make my ways your ways.
I wait for you,
for your time
This year for Advent, some friends and I are using Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen. You’re welcome to join us on this journey. Feel free to comment here, or on Twitter using #adventbookclub