Our Unshakeable Normal

So today couldn’t we all just use a little bit or normal in our topsy-turvy world. So often we wonder what normal is because it seems so far away from where we are?  Worry presents as a nagging backdrop and very bold fears fray the edges of our peace. Things that creep into the good spaces to haunt us as we forget the blessings that surround us. They come by the twos and threes, and yeah, some days they come like a marching army to take over the day. They become like obsessions that present themselves as mountains too high, too big, too wide and too daunting to even care.
These are times when we all just need to catapult into a new day with a really big faith in our really Big God, who holds it all in His hand anyway? Yeah, when life seems turned upside down, God is our stability. He’s our Normal when nothing else is. He’s our faithful when no one else is. He’s our Protector, Provider, Sustainer, Grace Giver, and unconditional lover and in our weakness, we’ve got to know that He is our strength and shield. When our weakness presents its “What Do I Do Now” moments and we feel very insecure, unsettled and much like David when he penned the words of Psalm 142, we need to respond much like he did. He’s feeling very overwhelmed by his persecutors and circumstances and reached a place of despair where he felt no one cared at all about his plight. Yet, he looks to the LORD for wisdom and in Verse 5 he comes to his senses again, where he says,
“But then I pray to you O LORD. I say You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. Hear my cry for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors for they are too strong for me.”
David reached a place in his running from harassment, where he just knew his God was His Lord and His constant loving unconditional caregiver, surrounding him at all times, everywhere, behind and before. Covering him around and through, up and down, inside and out his God had it all together in His safekeeping. His God was unchanging; His God was always faithful, and even when trouble impacted his day, His God was unchanging, stable, always there, always caring, always providing, always protecting. So when our normal go topsy turvy and headlong into chaos, let’s say with David from his prison of turmoil and unsettled circumstances, Vs 7,
“Bring me out of prison, so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for YOU ARE GOOD TO ME.”
Let’s realize even on our not so normal days, and in those not so normal moments, Our God is our unshakeable sustainer and our “normal” even in adverse situations.
~k
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Serendipity

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Luke 2:11-14

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”

Isn’t it amazing how prophecy of the Messiah, fell into place through the seemingly normal order of things? God had a plan for our redemption and He worked that plan, through the divine supernatural as well as the “normal” events. Even though Mary’s pregnancy and the birth of Christ certainly didn’t follow human protocol, the payment of taxes was mandatory calling this couple on a journey to Bethlehem at a crucial time. At “Just the right time!”

God has a plan for all of His children, as He graces us with His divine intervention leading us along our normal daily routines to ultimately bring us to the place where He desires us to be. He brought serendipity into the lives of Mary and Joseph and into the Shepherd’s night that lonely night on the hillside. God dipped into the normal and the mundane and brought something beautiful into the world. He brought life through the birth of His Son, so that we could have a part in His beautiful plan of salvation. Mary and Joseph were faithful to follow His leading and direction through the supernatural, the normal, the tough spots and the rough roads. The shepherds abiding in their normal fields on a normal night were blown away with the glorious surprise that broke through the heavens and filled them with a desire, an awe and a joy that drove them to find the Christ that had come!

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Are you still searching for Him or have you found Him? Let’s be obedient on our journey, even in the mundane, and in the ho hums of our lives. Let’s be found faithful in the excitement of the supernatural as well as in the difficulties and mundane of “normal.” Friends, if you truly know Him, be on the look out as God may very well be planning serendipity in your life. He can break through the normal leaving you in awe with an element of beautiful surprise! Don’t mistake it for mere co-incidence! His surprises have been well planned to break through at just the right time in your life!

If you don’t know Him, He’s in the business of changing lives and my friend; your transformed life is that beautiful break that you search for. Go with the shepherds, in your heart, and seek for Him. When you find Him, embrace Him and find forgiveness for your sin that will set you free.

John 8: 36 “ If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

John 8: 12 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Romans 8: 12 “Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life se me free from the law of sin and death.

❤ ❤ Advent ~ k