It’s somewhat surprising to read that Mary and Joseph “did everything required by the law of the Lord” (Luke 2:39).
Most of us have only been taught one kind of waiting: the passive, do nothing, watch-daytime-TV-while-they-repair-my-car kind of waiting. This view sees waiting as the non-thing which happens before the important stuff begins.
This is not the kind of waiting demonstrated by those who have waited well.
For them, waiting is active. It’s expectant, anticipatory, longing, sometimes desperate, always hopeful, active waiting. It is the wonder-filled, often difficult becoming season that enables a person to receive what is yet to come. This view sees waiting as an essential part of the important stuff. The important stuff has already begun in the waiting.
The direction and assurance we’re longing for does not come in 3 minute prayers. It comes in the waiting.