What Are You Waiting For?
It's cold outside today. I'm glad I'm in my warm office. I'm not well, so I'm wrapped up snug as I work. But my heart is unsettled. I'm warm and safe and so many others are not. There are over 21 million refugees scattered around the world by conflict and injustice. And there are homeless folks all over our communities. And so many people in our church are sick and suffering today. I've been praying for my friends who are hurting physically and emotionally. Ugh! It's not pretty out there today.
But I'm waiting for something better. It might not happen today. It might not relieve today's hurt and pain. But it will happen. Jesus will come to reign on the earth. He will establish a kingdom of peace and prosperity for all. No one will be marginalized or oppressed. No more injustice. No more refugees. Ain't gonna go to war no more!
I find my hope in the promise of Isaiah 2, a passage which looks forward to a King from heaven who will come to earth:
This is a vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all - the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem.
The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore. - Isaiah 2:2-4 - New Living Translation
Advent is a time to wait and watch. It is also a time to pray: Come Lord Jesus!