Waiting for God ~Doyle Hartman

I once took a comparative literature class at OSU and as a part of that class was required to read the play “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. The play consists primarily of a dialog between two men who are waiting by a tree along a country road for a man named Godot. A couple of men stop by, but neither is Godot, and two boys also come by on two different days. Both boys claim they work for Godot and that he will come the next day. So the two men wait, but Godot never shows up.
Although the author claimed otherwise, I recall that my professor stressed that the word Godot is a reference to a diminutive God, and that the play speaks to the idea that many people wait for God but he never shows up.
I was recently reminded that many religious and God-fearing Jews today are still waiting for the Messiah, as they do not believe Jesus was the one. So they wait, not recognizing that God did show up as promised through the Messiah Jesus.
We as believers may look at these examples and may not be able to relate to them intellectually or spiritually. But practically we may relate to them more than we realize, as we also sometimes despair that God is not present or that he is not showing up in our lives. We wait for him, but he does not appear to come. Or when he comes we may not recognize him and overlook him. We may be more focused on what we want from him than just being in his presence and having him in our lives, and when we do not get what we want we may overlook his presence.
So this Advent season, may we be reminded that he has come and that he continues to be present in our lives. May we recognize him for who he truly is – our loving heavenly Father – and ourselves for who we truly are – his children!
 
John 1:11-12 (English Standard Version)
“He [Jesus] came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’
 
Lord,
Please open our hearts, minds and eyes today to recognize your presence and the many ways you are working in our lives, even when we do not feel as such, and even when our days are long or difficult. Help us to recognize that your coming made it possible for us to be your children and that your love for us knows no bounds. May your love be an integral part of our lives, and may our lives reflect that love to those around us.
 
Amen

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