John the Baptist sits in a prison and contemplates if Jesus is actually the One the people are waiting for. A bold and outspoken man, living with the least of necessities, John doubts his ministry and the purpose of his service to God. Sometimes, we find ourselves in the same position.
This past summer, there were many challenges various LAMP teams faced. Forest fires and evacuated communities, sickness, no place to stay, and canceling the trip altogether were just a few. When we are faced with challenges, some common questions come to mind. “Where is God in this? Is this really our calling?” Sitting in a prison, John doubts. He knows about Jesus’ miracles, yet he doubts. In his doubt, just as in ours, we need the reassurance of the living Christ. The living Christ, Jesus, came into this world as an infant. He grew, taught, preached, healed, and loved. When it was time, He offered Himself as a sacrifice on the cross, taking all of our sins upon Himself so that we could have eternal life.
John waited with anticipation to see his Lord, and so do we. We wait for the second coming of Christ, comforted because His Spirit is already with us. We wait with anticipation, knowing that someday we will be with Jesus. During this Advent, let us set time apart to reflect on the unnecessary doubts we often harbor in our hearts, and by the Spirit’s power working through God’s Word and Sacraments, let us hold on to the miracle of Jesus’ love.
We pray: Lord, sometimes we get impatient to see You in our midst. Help us to wait for You, even through difficult times. Amen.
Written by Christine Lindner
Volunteer Missionary in Sandy Lake, Ontario