I am a naturally impatient person, so being told I need to wait is perhaps the fastest way to set me on edge. I have tried to work on it, but my natural disposition is to do and take—now! As a child, I was always asking my mother, “Are we there yet?!” from the back seat.

This penchant toward the impulsive can make my efforts to connect with the Divine strained. I want to see God, feel his presence, hear his voice; but, I want it how I want it, on my time, in my place. This Advent, while redoubling my efforts, I am again reminded that this impulsive way is just not how it works! Saint Paul wrote to my kindred Colossians, “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” [Col. 2:6-7]

Thankfully, to wait with the Divine does not mean waiting without action. We need to tend and cultivate, to grow our roots, to take the precious time—and maybe, just then, we will see God. God is there in the journey, not just in the destination. So, on this Joy Sunday, I rejoice in this moment, that I may overflow with thankfulness for the gift we were given and the gift that is coming.