Waiting for God
by: Jill Ver Steeg
Each of us has experienced the hard task of waiting. Waiting for “the news,” waiting in line or on hold, waiting for someone to change, waiting in lament, or waiting in hope. The words of Isaiah 64 rise out of a people who are waiting for God. Though they have returned home physically, the feeling of exile is still with them. They long for God to intervene. They cry out to God to make things right: “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down” (v. 1 NRSV). They remember the experience of God’s presence on Mount Sinai and the “awesome deeds they did not expect” (v. 3 NRSV).
As they recall God’s faithfulness, a reawakening happens. In their waiting, trust is reborn. Yes, God is trustworthy. Yes, God is faithful. Yes, we remember now “from ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” We are a people who belong to God. Yes, we are the work of the Father’s hand, the clay, as God is our potter. In their waiting then—and in our waiting now—the promises of God are more than enough. In this season of Advent we wait for God, and as we do we remember, we trust, we hope.