So what happens when we’ve run out of road and the journey goes on? What then? What, when the final glimmer of it is reamed against the ‘dead-end’ at the dead end and fragments into a heap at the wearied feet of the sojourner?
Yeah, it’s real, and nothing is hopeful! Not at anymore! Not at all! Well, sweet soul, you just feel that sweet hope of yours, that was all warmly tucked into the heart, isn’t even a hope any longer and the ‘all done in’ is ‘all done out’ and outright flat on its broken back, Yet the journey remains! Oh it’s heavy, when the hope is crushed, the heart is fragmented and the journey is long! So what then?
Beautiful soul, the thing is, sincere Hope is not ours to manage but truly comes from the Father of Light! That fragmented heap of hope at your feet, it isn’t yours. It’s His! The Sovereign God who always gives and yes, He takes away but Yes, He always restores! He always mends! He always repairs! He always manages so brilliantly, all of our affairs. So when everything goes South, and when that last hope fragments at our feet, well, we simply trust Him, and we trust Him more, because it’s in our Trust in the Savior, that we find our Hope restored again because when our Hope is gone, His is not! He never gives up, nor in! And so- when there’s always Trust in Him, there’s always more hope!
So what do we do? Well, we pick up that brokenness and we find the hope in each jagged piece as we establish its rightful place back into our heart alongside the Saviour of Light and Truth. Oh the pieces are too jagged for us to fit together, so they don’t have to be put together properly as He alone does that! He alone knows the way that we take and He alone gives the Hope that we need for the road that we travel. He alone breaks to mend, Mends to restore and restores to make stronger. Job knew it all too well when he penned the words of Job 23:10, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
So let us say with the Psalmist in Psalm 147: 3, “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.” and know that you know the Truth in the words of Psalm 34: 18, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Oh, what a sweet promise of hope lies in these words for us. For you and I and we and us, oh what a sweet promise of hope!
So, as we approach this Advent season of the Christ One, and focus on the hope He brought to us in His coming, know that your Hope is Him and In Him and find that sweetness of Hope coming to light once again, into your beautiful soul. Because friends, the journey isn’t over yet..and with Jesus, by our side, there’s always Hope for that!
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♫❤♫❤♫❤B L E S S I N G S♫❤♫❤♫
So ’tis the season to be jolly? Is it really? Is it really a season to be jolly and joyful or do we find ourselves in a scurry of just clear crazy? With so much on the ‘Good-Will’ ‘to do’ platter, we might just find there’s too much conundrum on our own plate. How then do we quiet ourselves amidst this complete craziness of so much of everything to accomplish.
Chances are it’s not just the hubbub of Christmas festivities but other things too; other issues that creep in from the far corners of your world! They sneak in like creepy shadows, without invite, yet loudly proclaim their presence as they parade dauntingly through the mind. Intimidating they are, every step of this way and that and every way in between, they rant on and on and on. Things that go bump in the night and make sleep a thing of the past! Well, it’s just an anxiety here a tension there, a bit of strife and disagreement and our old enemy is boldly on deck, ready to snag us with a host of nonsense and issues to distract from ever seeing the ‘Merry’ in Christmas! So ok, ’tis the season to be jolly but sometimes the “Merry” is so far removed from our life that we even fail to find the “Christ” of Christmas.
Remember Him? He’s the Saviour of your day! Your life, your week, and your busy season of life. So, ok, beautiful one, as His child, whatever season you’re in, you can know He’s walking it with you! Right along beside! So whatever you do right now, collect your messy thoughts and usher your busy, crazy world right into His sweet and powerful presence for some healing and some quiet. So now, there you are with your whole heart, smack dab in the presence of your amazing God, Maker, Creator, Savior and Lord. What now? Well, just savour the moments with the Saviour and find His grace enough to dissipate those fears hidden in the shadows! Yeah, You’ll find enough peace there for the hectic, enough mercy there for the miles you’ve trod, enough healing to rejuvenate the weary! You’ll find enough grace there too, for the moment, enough Light there for road and enough hope there to keep you on keeping on!
Oh yeah, and that ‘good will “To Do” platter? Well, relax with it, it will be full and running over, just like your heart of joy and gratitude to the One who cares so deeply for your beautiful soul.
So, beautiful you, when the busy gets up and runs off, running crazy in the days ahead, take a ‘time out’ to get alone with the One who knows you upside and downside and confirm with the Psalmist as he pens in Psalm 97: 10 b, “He protects the lives of His godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:: 28 – 30
In Preparation for Advent…
With so much going on in these minds of ours, let’s regroup and reset for the Advent season! Let’s reset for the season that rejoices in the birth of a divine, heavenly, baby born into an earth world for a huge purpose! Advent? it’s all about Him ~ The Christ Child, the Star of the season! His royalty, His divinity, His part man, part God side, who left the portals of Heaven to become flesh! Born to walk among us, feel the dusty earth beneath His feet, the hurt of rejection, the pain of sin, and the sting of death.
Take time to ponder His life as He lived it out in real-time, in real-life and for us. You and I and we and us. Yeah, so forget the heaps of stuff on your plate and ponder Him, the Christ One. The divine baby, born in the stable to become the Christ Child, to become a man so human, yet so divine, to walk among us, to become the Savior of the World. Our Savior! Our Lord! Oh how beautiful He is to us not just at this season but all year, through the year! At Advent season let’s reset our thinking patterns, our mind sets and our goals, and our purpose to focus on the Reason for our celebrations. Today just embrace His grace! Rest in Him! Rejoice in His mercy! Rejoice in His power to save one horrendous world that we find ourselves living in. Today! Rejoice in His unconditional love for the hurting and the fleeing! the lost and the ruined. The loved and the unlovely and the ones so desperately in need of Him and His tender touch!
Yeah beautiful soul ~ Sit back and search your heart with “Time out” to reflect on His goodness at the beginning of a beautiful Advent season and remember where He brought you from and the golden threads He’s woven to bring you where you sit today.
So go ahead, get our your traditions packed in boxes and your fine, ornaments to grace the home with merry thoughts of Christmas and family and friends! Go for it! I love this time of year. Don’t you? Dig out the recipes for sweet treats and cookie exchange and bake up a storm because a fine celebration is about to begin! A celebration so rich and sweet with festivities that go so much deeper than decor and sweets and tinsel and lights and gifts! A celebration that goes beyond us and reaches to the King of Heaven who resides and lives in the life He’s given us ~ and still keeps giving and giving and giving!
Yeah, so before you begin the scurrying, “Reset” ~ grab a cup of tea, light a candle ~ you, yourself and you and reflect on the amazing season about to begin with the divine, Baby born in the manger ~ Our Saviour of the world!
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
” Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Scripture defies the darkness and it’s pages exude references to the radiance of Christ, the Light of the World. John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
During the Festival of Shelters, sixteen golden bowls were filled with oil and lit. Jesus stood beneath them in the inner courts of the temple, in a section known as the Treasury, John 8:20 and said that He was now the source of the Light.
The Light of Jesus brings salvation, not just to Israel, but to us, the world, regardless of who we are, race or location. As Christ Ones abiding in His words, in obedience to His perspective and guidance we will not only walk in His beautiful light, we ‘become’ as light reflecting the radiance of Christ in our character. Phil 2:14,15.
Let’s be honest and ask ourselves a point-blank question. Is our light shining? Is it radiantly obvious in our actions? In our behaviours? In our countenance? Is it shining forth to light up the dark corners for others or do the batteries weaken somewhat as life happens and takes us with it? Yeah, maybe we need to recharge before the God of our salvation and the Christ who stood under the sixteen golden bowls of oil lighting the temple and point-blank stated in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” NLT Study Bible.
Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining and arguing. So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives, as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”