Yesterday, I was pondering over how Mary must have felt when she was told by an Angel that she was the favored one to bear Jesus Christ. Her life was definitely transformed and changed forever. She had no frame of reference to lean on, or a Mother’s guidebook for rearing the Christ child. She didn’t know when or where she would give birth. Despite her fears, she trusted God and his guidance for her life.
Waiting is not one of my virtues. However, this Advent season finds us all involuntarily waiting. Waiting for…… a vaccine, a job, getting to see our family and friends, getting our lives back again!
Yes, we do grieve the loss of our former lives, but Advent is all about the hope, gratitude and joy for the new life we will embark on. We are joyously waiting the renewal of our faith through Christmas and anticipate what God has in mind for us. As I reflect over the many transformational events in my life, I must admit that just like Mary, (I may have taken a lot longer), I eventually threw up my hands, and surrendered to God’s will and guidance. Then, things began to happen!
Isaiah 40:31 – “ They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Brenda W. Walker