1 Thessalonians 5:6 “So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober”
Winter is a season of waiting. So many things are resting, sleeping and dormant during winter. Animals burrow down and sleep deeply. The trees, grass and flowers are all “dead” for the season. We were just waiting for the Christ child to be born and now we wait for the story to continue in the wise men’s visit. Waiting can be tiring in its own right. It is tempting to rest and close our eyes, to lay back and take a nap while we wait. This verse reminds us that we are to stay alert and ready. Whether you are waiting for the story to continue, waiting on the Lord for direction or waiting for the Lord to come again, we are to wait in a state of readiness. There is time to sit and be still, but even then we are not idle. We listen with all our hearts and with deep intention. Know and trust that in the midst of winter, far beneath the frozen cold ground, life is still unfolding. The seeds that were planted by the wind or by hand are doing what they need to do, preparing to burst forth in the warmth of spring. Wait with me. While we wait let us stay awake, let us pray for each other and let us remember that life is unfolding even now. Let’s be ready to take hold when it bursts forth.
Winter has just started but in you, life is eternal. There is no death, only a time of waiting. Help us stay awake, help us see you and do what you guide us to do each day while we wait. May our words and our deeds give glory to you. Amen.