Advent: n. noun 1. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important.
Thirty-seven. That’s how many chapters one has to study in the book of Job before God shows up. I have completed thirty-six. If you can do first grade math, you know I have one more chapter before God answers. One. More. Chapter. And I just have to say, I am outrageously excited! I am as giddy as my children are waiting for Christmas to arrive. He is coming! Soon! After all the searing pain, all the ill-advice, all the false accusation, all the doubt and desperate questions, Job is about to hear from God himself. I simply cannot wait.
Yes, I have read it before. Yes, I know the outcome. Yes, I could skip ahead. But, no. The Lord has his timing and it does not line up with mine.
I mean, he could have shown up a lot sooner,not just for Job, but for humanity. Thirty-seven chapters is an eternity when you’ve lost everything, you hurt excruciatingly, and no one seems to be on your side. But then again, he waited, at the very least, six to ten thousand years to enter our world as a human being didn’t he?
Yes, he was here all along. Yes, he acted and spoke to men plenty beforehand. But, no, it was not the same when he spoke through men as when he came himself in the flesh. And, no, I was not there when he set his clocks. I do not know why he waited; why he waits. All I know for sure is that his arrival is very soon coming. And I simply cannot wait.
So why am I writing this and not my thoughts on chapter thirty-seven?
Because I must prepare myself. I am unworthy, unready, unkept, and unclean. I must stop and stare for maybe a few more moments, watching him move towards me in unmitigated awe. I want to embrace the joy of this anticipation. I want to remember the excitement of this heart of expectation.
This is where we worship. This is where we wait. This is where we wonder. This is where we praise.
Advent. His arrival is upon us. He is truly coming. This is extremely important. Prepare yourself. It is finally time.