Learn to be patient
Something to think about
Advent has begun and today’s reading points us forward to this season’s themes of waiting. And the model that is given for patient waiting is that of the farmer, who waits for his crop until the rains come.
Many of us may feel distinctly uncomfortable with this. We don’t have to read very much of the news to know that farmers are waiting endlessly for rains that never come – or they come too heavily, or at the wrong time.
And we don’t have to look very much further to read of the other people and communities who are waiting – for medicines, for food, for jobs. This is so different from the developed world, where for much of the time we can get what we want when we want it.
Christian Aid is committed to helping people and communities find long-term and sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. This means being there for the long haul and engaging, through our partners, in work that is often slow and painstaking.
Our reading finishes with the proclamation of the coming of God as judge. The restoration of justice is on its way. But to achieve that, we may need to learn to be patient and to wait with those who have no choice about whether they wait or not.