Everyday Stewardship

This Advent you may be waiting for even more than just the celebration of Jesus’ birth and his promised second coming. You may be waiting for a job offer, or a college acceptance letter, or a good word from your doctor, or even the birth of your own child. Life is filled with periods of waiting. Sometimes we wait with more grace than at other times. But with all waiting there needs to be hope for true fulfillment of our anticipation.  
Elizabeth said to Mary during her visit to the house of Zechariah, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” She was speaking of the promise of God’s child in Mary’s womb and how Mary was able to accept God’s plan and see it through. Mary was waiting for something and it was already coming to fruition inside of her womb.
God has made promises to us as well. Jesus said in Luke 12:24, “Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds!” We wait for things but we must never worry. Perhaps at times when our waiting is over we find that what we waited for was not to our liking after all. But we are not in control of these things and God will provide just like he does for the ravens. God has promised to do great things in you and if you hold firm you will find that which you seek. You are blessed in your belief that what he has spoken to you is already being fulfilled, even as you wait.
Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS