“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? Romans 8:22-25 – ESV
I wonder if new birth isn’t just a process of striving and struggling in life until we are ultimately fully redeemed, and so we wait for it patiently in the community where God has placed us. We live and breathe and strive and struggle and laugh and cry together in steadfast faithfulness, while all the time God works in all that we do to bring forth new life that we never realized was possible, but yet it ultimately happens.
During Advent we are called to wait patiently for the coming Christ, but of which advent do we speak; his birth as an infant into a world that had been waiting somewhat impatiently for him; his second coming in glory to which we also wait at times impatiently or do we day by day wait for him into come to the world. I believe that all three are important and significant, but the one that proves out our faithfulness, is in believing that he does come daily into all of our lives and that he does and is making all things new on a daily basis until the day that full consummation takes place.
Just when and where will Christ reveal himself to us next, we were never intended to know, instead we are called to wait/ to live in steadfast awareness of his presence today.
Just some thoughts that I am pondering…