Is it possible to expect the unexpected? It does strike me as somewhat of a conundrum. How can you expect the unexpected? Yet within the Christian faith it is something of a given. God, it appears to me, rarely works within the confines of human boundaries. He seems to excel at bending, if not breaking rules, protocol, cultural norms, whatever kind of boxes we build for him.
Today my car (in a manner of speaking) went on fire. The air conditioning system seized up and may cost several hundred pounds to repair, (praying warranty covers it). The up side was we got a sneaky dinner out as a family after husband rescued his family from the garage. I didn’t expect my car to break, though there is always the expectation it might.
We don’t expect God to use us – what have I got to offer him? We know we should expect him too, but unless something major happens like being asked to be the mother of His Son or to smuggle bibles into China we don’t often see ourselves as God’s tools.
When you least expect God to use you for good, he will come knocking on your door. What will you say to him? He can be very persuasive as Moses found out or we can simply say “may it be as you have said. I am your servant” (Mary)
God bless and may you expect the unexpected from God.
Last night after posting a blog feeling oh so positive I received a call to say the water tank had been stolen again. This water tank is an important link in our heating system and without it we cannot heat our halls. It is worthless to the average joe because it was stainless steel and therefore not worth much. To me it is worth an absolute fortune because in early December it is rather cold up here in the high hills of Forth.
It is strange how something so innocuous can be the very thing we can’t live without.
God has a habit of using the unlikeliest of people to provide the link in a series of events. Mary never expected to become the mother of the Messiah. When the angel visited she was cleaning the house, looking forward to her wedding and planning the rest of her life with Joseph.
Luke 1:38 Mary said, I am the servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say! Then the angel went away.
You may be far more important in God’s chain of events than you ever thought possible. As advent continues ponder your link and how might you be the one to hold it altogether.
He’s behind you – oh no he isn’t!
Today has been all about Christmas. I know that it is also World Aids Day and probably a few other things as well. But for my family and I it has all been about Christmas. The annual Christmas Fayre took place this morning with cakes, stalls and much chatter and squashing and squeezing. This was followed by a trip with friends to New Lanark for the Christmas Experience. We met Santa, the Snow Queen and the Wicked Witch Grizelda. Christmas lights twinkled and Christmas songs sang merrily in the background. We learnt about a time when Christmas Day was just another day.
For the church though this is actually the season of Advent and Christmas Day is the culmination of this period. Christians need times of preparation – whether it is Lent leading up to Easter or Advent leading up to Christmas. Time for preparation is so important that we make sure we have plenty of it! The time for preparation is meant for our spiritual well being rather than making sure the cards are written, the turkey is ordered and the presents wrapped. This time of preparation is to ready ourselves for his coming – celebrating his birth but looking forward to his return. We celebrate the past but always facing forward – looking for his return.
Mark 13:32 No one knows when that day or time will be, not the angels in heaven, not even the Son. Only the Father knows. 33 Be careful! Always be ready, because you dont know when that time will be.
Oh yes he is!
One of these days that will be what happens. But until then we must continue to prepare ourselves.
May Advent be a time of preparation, not just of the house but of our hearts.