A variety of experiences come into that category. Waiting for bus feels very different from waiting for test results. Waiting can be stationary, absorbed in the event being waited for, unable to think about anything else. Waiting can be active in preparing for the said event. Waiting can not feel like waiting at all, it is easy to forget what we are waiting for. What are you waiting for?
Big picture wise we are waiting for the next coming of Jesus. Christmas reminds of the hope in the darkness, the light of the world breaking through into the world. But it does not leave us in the past. It reminds us of the coming that is to come. The day when this world will be wrapped up and new fresh shinny things will be done.
But what are we doing whilst we are waiting? Actively living like the Risen Christ in this messed up world? Or distracted by everything else on offer? Remembering where we have come from and where we are going? Remembering the thrust of our lives, the burning core within us; that Christ has come, Christ is risen and Christ will come again.
The Thessalonians almost got it right. “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who rescues us from the coming wrath.” I say almost because they didn’t quite get the hang of active waiting, lazy waiting apparently isn’t an option in God’s books. How are we waiting? Am I waiting? And is that changing what I do today?