Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Third Wednesday of Advent: Letting God Be God

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.” - Matthew 1:18-25

As we draw near the end of Advent, Joseph reveals a reality resembling our own path at times. Not only did he plan his future with Mary, it was already mapped out in his heart, mind, and calendar. But of course, as with any journey involving us trying to create our own destiny, life and God happens, inviting us to forsake all of our knowledge and understanding to participate in a larger story. 

Like Joseph, we may not have all the information about our lives before us. And more often than not, God’s dream does not come in a neatly wrapped box for me. It comes in the shape of a challenge of faith and asking me to let go of my deepest fears, pride, and need to be in control. Although His path has always been better than mine, it also meant choosing the road with more struggle and heartache. Yet at the same time, leaning on His love and grace to give meaning and direction.

Though it is a daily surrender, God asks for our patience, trust, and self-emptying of ourselves to grow in deeper love and faith for Him. He may not always give the desires of our hearts the way we might expect, but He knows what lies at the core of those desires and what is best for us. As we remain open to walking with Him every single day, He will continue to write our story and weave each experience together to create something more grand and fulfilling than we could have possibly imagined.

Lord, may I anticipate the work of Your hands to transform my nothing into Your everything.

Reflected by Tam Lontok

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