“I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.”Isaiah 48:17
We are coming to a close on the second week of our Advent journey. It’s so refreshing to read another promise from God, that He will lead us.
What I find most comforting is that He leads us safely. He doesn’t tell us He will lead us on the smoothest paths. He just simply says he will lead us in the right direction. And along the way He will teach us what is good for us.
This week, we focused on our faith and the love that God gives us through our faith.
In yesterday’s reading from Isaiah 48, we read how God, like a loving parent, will teach and guide us along our journey. We may stumble, like a toddler learning to walk, but He is there ready to pick us up. Our journey of learning doesn’t stop as we enter adulthood. It just begins. It’s in those years that we have to place more of our faith in what God is teaching us and where He is leading us.
In today’s gospel, from Luke 1, we read about Mary and her yes. I can only imagine what it was like for her at a young age, seeing an angel before her, giving her such a profound message from God. Although she may have been afraid, she exhibited great trust when she surrendered herself placing all in God’s hands and saying “may it be done to me according to your word”.
It was her faith that allowed her to say “yes” to God. Throughout her journey, whether it was to Elizabeth’s home while pregnant or the way of the cross that Jesus walked, God was with her. I’m sure along her journey, He had a few lessons for Mary, just as He has for us. It’s in faith that she was able to surrender herself to God’s plan. And it’s in faith that we are able to as well.
I invite you to examine when you have said yes to God’s invitations in your life and when you may have put it aside. When you said yes, how did you feel and how did it turn out in the end? Was it easy? Did you learn any lessons that bore fruit in your life? What about when you placed God’s invitation on the back burner?
Faith is a little word that produces greatness in our lives. It’s in our yes that we invite God deeper into our hearts to allow His goodness to prevail in and through us.
May your faith blossom this season of Advent as you embrace the love of a Father that will always pick you up when you stumble and fall.