“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 42:19)
We live in a day and age when we are between the first and the second advents. Meaning, we live at a time when God has come, God is continually coming, and God will come again. The reason that’s significant is because we do not just sit idly by and wait for some distant day when God will finally arrive and make all things right and whole once again, we keep our eyes peeled and our hearts attentive to what God is doing here and now, both within us and among us. Jesus told us himself that, “My Father is always at his work.” (John 5:17) Thus, God is always coming into our lives and our world in new and beautiful ways, if only we have eyes to see it. There is already a new thing that he is doing, our job is to perceive it, embrace it, and enter in to it. This very day, God is saying, “I am here. I am at work. I am doing something new and beautiful within and among you. Join me!” God has come, God is coming, God will come—it’s the beauty of Advent.