I have never been more excited about the season of Advent. For those who may not be familiar with the Church Year, Advent is the season leading up to Christmas Eve. It is comprised of four Sundays and is meant as a time of preparation. It is a time of anticipation as we celebrate the waiting that occurred for Jesus to be born as well as the anticipation of Jesus returning at some point in our temporal future.
It’s a season of waiting, a season of hope, a season of anticipation.
Last year, Advent held deeper significance for me than it has in the past. My life drastically changed the Monday before Advent began. There was something important to me about life as I knew it ending and a new reality beginning as the church year ended and began again. The timing in every other aspect of my life was terrible (in between holidays, a couple of weeks before finals, etc). However, the significance of Advent stood out in my mind beyond the others and it was comforting knowing that Lord had my life under his control even though it felt like it was spiraling out of control and that there was no way I would ever be able to recover.
This year has been an incredible journey. I have learned so much about myself, about friendship, about Jesus, love, hurt, honesty, beauty, gratefulness, contentment, joy, peace, faithfulness, confidence, pain, understanding, forgiveness, and grace. I’ve learned so much about grace.
I’m thrilled that the season of Advent begins in just a few days. I love it. I am so excited for what the Lord has to teach me in the next year. I want to be intentional about the season of Advent and use it to truly prepare my heart for what the Lord has in store for me.
Last year Advent was a season of pain, of doubt, of questioning the Lord, asking “why?!” over and over, a season of tears, a season of trusting even though I didn’t want to. This year Advent is what it should be: a season of waiting, hope, and anticipation. That anticipation and excitement for my future has me almost giddy as I sit and type this out. I do not know what my future holds, but I am excited about it, because no matter what it holds Jesus will be in the midst of it.
So goodbye Facebook and Instagram. I am hoping that the time I spend on social media will be put to better, more productive uses of my time. I want to focus on the relationships that I have with people and with Jesus. I believe that unplugging for the season of Advent (at least) will help me to shift my priorities, focus on the quality of my friendships, and help me enjoy this season to its fullest.
May the season of Advent be filled with joy and peace for you throughout the waiting, hope and anticipation.