“Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Then you will defile your silver-covered idols and your gold-plated images. You will scatter them like filthy rags; you will say to them, “Away with you!” He will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and grain, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. On that day your cattle will graze in broad pastures; and the oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat silage, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. On every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water—on a day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, like the light of seven days, on the day when the Lord binds up the injuries of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.”
In the reading today, we learn that in Isaiah 29 and 30, that Israel was under siege and many thought they should seek aid from outside their nation with Egypt, some even thought it prudent to do so. Had they forgotten how the Egyptians treated them in Moses’ day? Had they forgotten the promises from God, their Creator?
Are you feeling the crunch of getting everything done for the holiday season? Are you stressing trying to do it all yourself? It is extremely easy to fall into the “if I don’t do it, no one will” attitude during holidays and for some of us (me) even on a daily basis. A lot of the time this can be simply our own perception of a situation or task. Other times, it’s that whatever the “particular thing is” is important to us and holds meaning to us personally. I not here to point fingers or to even tell you you’re right or wrong. The message on my heart is this…Advent is all about the Christ child being born and His sacrifice for us. Trust in God & Seek His guidance. Create memories, not misery. Seek community with your friends and family, if possible hold onto and celebrate traditions but also be open to making new traditions.
I found myself stressed out earlier today, reminded of the X, Y and Z that needed to be done and it had not. I realized that somehow in the midst of my busy week I completely missed a day of blogging! I was so frustrated with myself and disappointed in my time management. I came home from work and had some household things to do and then decided I would just do what I could. I told myself that missing a day would not be as negative as what I created in my mind. I trust in God to use this for His purposes, not mine. God’s timing, not mine.
Lord, you know my every need. In this season of anticipation, I wait for you, placing my whole trust in your supply. ~Amen.
~Peace & Hope~