Advent: a season of already, but not yet.
A time of preparing for what we know has already happened.
A comforting paradox filled with hope and anticipation.
He is coming, and He is here right now.
Last year during Advent I was near the third trimester of my first pregnancy and found myself understanding this paradox in a unique way. Our son was here, and yet we waited for his arrival. It wasn’t very hard to connect those dots or draw those parallels.
Pregnancy itself always seemed to me like the perfect example of the season of Advent. And while my experience of Advent while pregnant opened my heart to a new understanding of Mary and of waiting, I know now that it is certainly not the only time I have sat in that tension or been in a season of waiting.
I knew my vocation was marriage far before I was introduced to and married my husband.
I waited for a job offer for what seemed like ages while knowing my qualifications and trusting I’d be hired where I was needed.
I felt called to be a mother years before I got pregnant.
And I still wait in the tension of longing for healing in my family with an understanding that I might not see it this side of Heaven, yet I trust that it will be done when it is meant to be.
Life is full of waiting for the goodness we’ve been promised and the next steps we are to take as we journey toward Heaven.
We are an Easter people, but maybe we are also a people of Advent, forever transitioning while we await the Kingdom. Or perhaps we’re Easter people because we have sat (and continue to sit) in the waiting of Advent, keeping watch and having faith in the promises of God.He is coming, and He is here right now. // Sarah Rose Click To Tweet