The God Who Waits


Advent is a season of waiting:
for calendar chocolates, promised presents, Santa’s steps.
Advent is a season of longing:
for life, and light, and hope beyond this world. 
In Advent, we think we are the ones who are waiting. 
But I think of the annunciation,
in Leonardo Da Vinci’s Italian colours: 
Mary is surprised, her left hand curled into a question mark,
but it is Gabriel’s head that is bowed low,
The Archangel holding his breath for her answer. 
All heaven was waiting on a human word
before the Word would be made human. 
Before God became incarnate,
God waited for human assent. 
God was in the waiting,
the liminal moment when heaven held its breath. 
I wonder about the waiting; 
As my body groans and yearns for an eternal home,
the pulling of my soul towards heaven;
Could it be that God is waiting for my words—
Could it be that God’s soul is pulling too? 
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Tanya Marlow

Writer at Thorns and Gold
Tanya Marlow was in Christian ministry for a decade and a lecturer in Biblical Theology. Then she got sick, and became a writer. She loves writing honestly about finding God in hard places at She also loves belting out songs without knowing the words. She is the author of Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty, using the biblical book of Ruth as a path back from disappointment, which you can download for FREE here.
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