Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever!
Today as we continue our journey through the first week of Advent, let us be reminded of hope in what we cannot see. In todays reading, we are reminded to place our trust in God. Trusting in God is so crucial in our lives, especially in our relationship with our Lord. It’s about surrendering all that we are, all that we feel and HOPING in what we can’t see that God has in store for us. Sometimes, this trust requires us to just slow down, take a deep breath and embrace the present moment, allowing all God’s plans to flourish in our holiday preparations and gatherings.
Holiday stresses abound us. All the rushing around to make sure everything is perfect – the perfect gift, the perfect party, the perfect Christmas experience for our kiddo – can absolutely drives us crazy.
This morning, my mind was racing a million miles per hour on my girls’ plans for the holidays and issues at work. I took a pause, walked out to the pond and was reminded of something I once read in A Friendship Like No Other called “thin places”. Thin places are those locations when heaven and earth sort of collide, when we are absolutely, aware of God’s presence right there in our space. My “thin place” is outside, amongst nature. It is the place I experience God’s presence the most and find the greatest connection to the spirit that lies within me and around me. This is such a great tool to use to press that pause button and engage in a moment with God, to draw our mind and spirit back to what He has in store for us in the present moment, in this season.
I invite you today to press pause when you begin to stress or rush taking care of all the things on your to do list. Try discovering your “thin place” and embrace the hope of this season by trusting God’s plans for you during this Advent.