We’ve heard the term a number of times…mostly made famous now by Barney Stinson, the character on How I Met Your Mother played brilliantly by Neil Patrick Harris.
Wait for it….
But what indeed do we ever wait for?
I was chiding a friend yesterday for not being on Facebook. I told him that he’d know half of the stuff that is going on with his friends if he was. He seems left behind and I’m trying to tell him, a media professional, that this is how people are choosing to communicate today.
ME: “People don’t have time to make 24 phone calls anymore. One post and everyone knows what’s happening!”
Him: “Oh yeah, well make the time.”
Me: “Um the last person who could make time died on the cross.”
Him: “Look, I’ve got two kids. I have less time than all of you. But I find the time to make a phone call.”
Me: “I suppose. But most people are not going to do that, now that we’ve got this new tool. And as someone in the media, you’ve got to keep up with these things.”
We went back and forth to no avail. But in this world of instant gratification, I wonder if he’s not right?
We don’t want to wait to connect with 25 people individually and have a protracted conversation anymore. And perhaps these less intimate invitations lead us into looser connections with people as a whole. But I find that those I’m connected to on Facebook I actually feel closer to than those I call. I’ve re-connected with many and have gotten close again with people. Those not on facebook don’t call as often as I post on someone’s wall (or they mine). Chances are you’re reading this post because you saw it on Facebook.
Indeed even on Facebook or twitter we find ourselves waiting for something more or someone we love. In fact, we crave connecting with others so much that we’ve found faster and easier ways to do that.
We don’t want to wait to feel closer with those we love.
And that indeed sounds a whole lot like what God does for us.
God could have not entered the world, become like us, became a baby.
Instead God could’ve remained apart from his creation and stayed aloof and distant, like the guy who is out of the loop.
But God chooses to join the social network of humanity. God takes on our human likeness and goes all the way to experience not just our human birth, but our human death. And that also took waiting..growing…becoming and yes, even fearing what one might be waiting for.
While we’re often not willing to wait for things, we indeed also seem to have caught sight of the desire and the need for connection. How then, this advent might we deepen these social networking relationships?
Maybe we do need to make a call this advent, or pay an extra visit, or write a Christmas Card that has your picture in it and not just the kids?
Maybe God is calling all of us this advent not to denigrate the social networking phenomena, but rather to ask ourselves what has this awakened in us?
God could not bear to be apart from us. Who might we want to be just a bit closer to this Advent? Who needs some more time than we are usually willing to give? Who craves our presence and could use just a bit more of our time? Who is often ignored and shoved to the side in society that we just might give a smidgen of our time for them in this busyness of the season.
Who is waiting for us? What are we waiting for in our lives? What do we always shove aside for later? A phone call. A visit. A kind word. A volunteer commitment. They all wait for us this advent.
And in no longer waiting we become more like God, who waits for us constantly to awaken to God’s presence among us in our lives.
God chooses to NOT wait for us. Like the father of the prodigal son, he runs to us, embraces our life and shivers in the cold of the manger. And it was enough.
What more could we be waiting for?