Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Star

Yesterday on Pray As you go the question was; "Can I place all of my hope, all of my trust and all of my faith in God?" 

An image came to me of  sitting in the window of my childhood home. I was about 10 years old.  My bedroom had a bay window, (it was a great house and one of the reasons that I know God provides) and I remembered sitting on my chest of drawers as I often did, staring out the window.  I was staring in earnest.  It was Christmas Eve of a very poor Christmas year and I was looking for the star. After awhile of staring at the sky, I spotted it, and contentedly went to sleep.  All the rest was anti-climatic, I was asking God if the story was real and in my child's mind, I received my answer in the form of a star that spoke to me.

An interest in Astronomy never changed the answer I felt in my heart that night.

I have, as long as I can remember, placed all of my hope, trust and faith in God.  I have had God as my anchor in the midst of chaos.  Moreover, God has always had me.  In that star, I sensed that God wanted me to know that God had me. 

Some people will read this as fluff and that is okay since we often disregard other people's experiences of the divine but it is anything but fluff.  It is the fuel that has driven me to stay faithful and to believe in the promise of Christ coming.  Christ here.  God with us.  Emmanuel.

The question is an important checkpoint this Advent.  I invite you to join me in asking it often.

1 comment:

Lynda said...

I have also been blessed with placing my hope and my trust and my faith in God. I cannot remember a period in my life when I didn't. Having said that, as I grow deeper in my faith, I realize that I probably hold back at times and I need to live the Suscipe which I pray every morning so that I can abandon my entire self to our Lord. Thank you for challenging me to think about this.