When the nurse handed me that bundle of new life, every emotion went through me. I was frightened out of my mind and I was proud as punch and everything in between. I was a mess. I needed direction and support. “Please, someone tell me what to do.” I wanted someone to show me the way.
Luke tells us that after an angel visited Mary and told her that her son would be the son of God and shepherds came later to visit and reaffirmed what the Angel declared, “she pondered these things in her heart.” She had no idea what was to follow. I have to believe that she wished someone would take her hand and show her the way.
Show us the way, baby Jesus. He did and still does. We live in confusing times. I can’t say that our times are any worse than the time of Luke. They are different. Our Christian church is much larger than those small gathering of early believers. They lived in fear of the empire. They wanted someone to take their hand and show them the way.
The church today may appear to be larger while at the same time some may think it is dying. I happen to think it is transforming and will soon look nothing like the church of the 50’s. For the average person, depending on where you stand, it is confusing. For those seeking God, they say, “Show us the way.”
He Comes to Us
He Meets Us Where We Are.
As I wander through Advent and head toward Christmas, I long to know the way. What I discover every year and really, every day, is that He finds me! Just like that first time I held my new born child. Like Mary who was visited by the angel. Like the frightened shepherds in the field who were shaken by the visit of an angel. God finds us and leads us.
My prayer this season is that anyone who is in search of God will find that they have already been found.When we discover or rediscover this, I pray that we move to the next step. We follow Him.
Where will Jesus lead us? As we trek our way through Luke this year, Jesus will open our eyes to see that the church, the people of God, will be found loving anyone left out for any reason and welcomed to an increasingly larger table for all people where God will heal us all.
What that looks like, I do not know. But He does. May I have the courage to follow Him.
Thanks you Jesus, for finding us.
~In His Service