As Christmas was approaching, I got to thinking about the practice of patience, the the feeling of anticipation, waiting, and hope. The season of Advent is all about these things; the anticipation of the birth of Jesus, and the waiting with hope of his second coming. Children practice patience as they count down the days for Christmas for Santa to come and bring them gifts. As the days get closer, the anticipation and excitement grows with hope for what’s to come. We can all relate to how much sweeter it is to experience something good when it required a period of waiting and a bit of heartache to get there.
“Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting – that is, of hopefully doing without – will never experience the full blessing of fulfillment. Those who do not know how it feels to anxiously struggle with the deepest questions of life, of their life, and to patiently look forward with anticipation until the truth is revealed, cannot even dream of the splendor of the moment in which clarity is illuminated for them… For the greatest, most profound, tenderest things in the world, we must wait.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Now, while a house project is not an example of life’s deepest questions, it does make me reflect, and has caused me to practice being patient. I can only dream of how much sweeter this journey and home must taste when we finally get to live in it after a year of anticipation and excitement that has been a struggle (at times) along the way.
Below is our video of the concrete process. This was back in spring, mind you, when the grass was green and the rain never stopped. Kansas City had two huge storms with major downpours, flooding, and high-winds while we were trying to get our foundation down!