I was reading through this beautiful book during the weeks of Advent – God With Us – Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas.
This book was a gift from the folks at Arrow – the leadership course Josh completed a few years ago.
I have read through this book for the past three years during Advent – it just blesses me.
I found a wonderful “nugget” in it the other day as I was contemplating this idea of Crazy Change – my words for this year.
What does crazy change look like?
Are there going to be big external changes? Are we moving? Will I use my degree in a new job setting?
I really have no idea what God is bringing this year – do we really ever know?
It comes back to the truth that I cannot control what happens outside myself, but I do have something to say about what happens inside.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I think the crazy change starts with me.
Again, I don’t really know what that looks like yet.
But I came across a navigational tool in this beautiful book I’m reading.
A direction, a guide, a sign post to mark the way…
It’s a prayer found on page 162…
Dear Lord, make yourself known to me, as you did to your followers, in the middle of ordinary life. I want to believe I can be changed through closeness to you, and to the community surrounding me. Protect me from sin and evil by the power of your grace, Amen.
“… in the middle of ordinary life… changed through closeness to you… and to the community surrounding me.”
Change starts today, this moment, right here, right now.
No big external differences are needed.
Just a willing heart, a gracious God, and a drawing near to Him and to those around me.
I am grateful for this nugget, this sign post in the middle of the haze.
There has been this desire to get back to reading through the Bible, to do it all over again this year.
I love this way of getting close to God.
Knowing more about Him through His Word, through the history of His people, through the life of His Son – Emmanuel, God With Us.
Just like the title of the book.
So I’ll work on that, an updated Bible reading plan for this year.
And I’ll share it here once it’s done.
Shall we navigate crazy change together?
You are part of the “community surrounding me”….
And I do love to share the journeys of life with you.