Torn between getting started & excitement over the destination

Sometimes, when I tackle something new, such as a new job, or a new hobby, or a task that seems daunting (like Christmas decorations), I struggle to get going. I spend time thinking about how huge a mountain it is. I often don’t know how to start or can’t find the motivation to begin. However, I hope that there will be something good that will come, in time.

Isaiah 43: 18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Other times, I am eager to get going, and want to get to the destination right away, like when I’m heading to a vacation destination, or driving home the distance feels so great, or I must wait in line at the grocery store. I lose my patience, because the wait is so difficult.

Isaiah 40:31…but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

These are examples of the torn emotions I feel with Advent season: I am struggling to find the right ways to prepare my heart, a seemingly impossible task, while I am also excited and ready to get to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

I imagine that these emotions I struggle with may have been how Mary felt, as she waited for the birth of her Son. The journey may have seemed difficult to begin, while she was anxiously wanting to arrive at the destination, knowing that the delivery of her Child was going to be something spectacular!

One of my favorite songs this time of year is the song, Mary Did You Know? It reflects so many questions that may not have entered her mind throughout those months, as she carried her Son, but anticipated after the birth.

What are you doing today to prepare your heart for the celebration of the Christ child’s birth? What emotions are you struggling with and do they match the same feelings that Mary might have experienced?

The Advent story of hope and mystery, anticipation, preparation, a kingdom of this world and the next, and a king appearing when we least expect.
Heaven touching earth, the footsteps of the divine walking dusty roads as once they did in Eden, and a people, searching for a Savior, and walking past the stable. Open eyes and hearts, that this might be an Advent of hope to the world.
God of hope and promise, be with us throughout this Advent season and draw us ever closer as we journey together toward the stable and the birth of your Son, our Savior. Amen 

Sarah Thompson

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