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Advent Reading – November 30, 2015


Val Burron – Attridge Worship Design Team

I Corinthians 1:9; Isaiah 45:2-3

November 30Who doesn’t love to plan for a vacation? You choose the dates, the destination, the flights are arranged and usually you start packing days in advance. At least I do! If you’re going somewhere you’ve never been there is heightened excitement about the unknown and also the thrill of experiencing or seeing something for the first time together with the ones you love. I remember seeing the Eiffel Tower, or viewing the Statue of Liberty just recently for the very first time. They are such iconic symbols and seeing them up close is exciting and surreal. I also recall when the kids were smaller and we were driving them to the mountains in BC for the first time. When we arrived in Drumheller, one of them looked out the window and said “Wow, are these mountains ever great!” We laughed at their short-sighted enthusiasm and said, “Just wait until you see the real thing. You haven’t seen anything yet!”

That’s what the Spirit of the Lord says to those who accept His holy invitation to allow Him to take us to places in God that we could never enter otherwise. Just as we put our trust in a reliable travel agent, how much more should be put our faith in the Spirit to guide our heart and direct our steps.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. – I Corinthians 1:9

My only task is to keep moving forward in trusting dependence on Him. Don’t focus on the obstacles I may encounter but concentrate on keeping my eyes on my Guide – anticipating the new territory He will lead me into. If you want to go into something new, you have to have a heightened awareness of God’s presence to get there.

I will go before you and level the mountains. I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. – Isaiah 45:2-3

Get ready! Start expecting what’s right around the corner. I guarantee that you haven’t seen anything yet!

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