We wait and believe along with the faithful heroes in Hebrews 11, even to this day. This is Advent waiting. This is hope.
I want to be more like Noah, who just kept doing what God said, and more like Simeon, who kept showing up day after day, letting the promises of his God fuel his passion for life.
Waiting is a tempest. If you are prone to fear, you should run immediately for cover. Do what God’s calling you to. On the other hand, if you are more often the fool who rushes in, plan to hunker down. Wait out the storm.
How do we move forward? How do we act when fear holds us back?
Advent both heightened and diminished the expectations of Christmas: I began waiting for something other than gifts and stockings.