We were 30 minutes into the Grade 6 Bible class at Westpark School a couple weeks ago and I was loving how engaged the students were.
We had decided the Bible was like a 7 act play: Creation, Fall, Exodus, Exile, Incarnation, Spirit, and Renewal.
I asked “What act of the play are WE in?”
Little hands were straining to the ceiling taking wild guesses.
Finally, one young woman got it.
“It’s kind of like we are somewhere between Spirit and Renewal.”
Much earnest discussion about how a renewed world will look. How will people behave? What does a tree look like without sin in the world? What will doctors do when no one is sick? Do moms and dads split up in this renovated creation? Does anyone in Grade 6 not have nice clothes or have to sit by themselves at lunch when heaven comes to earth?
Yes. Yes. Yes. I was loving this. I could see lights going on that there might be something to this Christian story beyond lifeboat evacuation thinking. This might be a story which can capture the imagination forever.
Then the best insight I’ve ever heard an 11 year old have.
“Wait a second?! If we already have the Holy Spirit and we already know what it is going to look like – WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?”
I could hear the angels singing. Come on!
This season, what are you waiting for?
You have the Holy Spirit and you know what it is going to look like so do it now.
Forgiveness. Generosity. Fill the hungry with good things and not your left overs. Pulling corrupt rulers from their thrones. Offer hospitality beyond your kin. Reconciliation which costs. Deep celebration because the darkness can never win. Justice because the real King puts other needs ahead of His own. Healing. Inclusion. Mercy. Grace. Beauty. Restoration.
Advent reminds us it can feel like we are waiting for everything, and this is true.
A girl in Grade 6 (can we call her Mary?) reminds us we are waiting for nothing, and this is also true.
What are you waiting for?