Er.. Advent thoughts

Blimey, 2018 fairly flew by. Advent already? Well no – as I may have shared with you already, parts of Christmas were either a blur or nonexistent due to me being sick of the palsy. So, my spiritual and deep plan to bring you spiritual and deep thoughts from my advent book were scuppered I’m afraid. However, the book I have been reading was full of good stuff and, because I can read again without the whole room spinning, I decided to go back to it. This is not as arduous as it might seem. It’s not like watching Muppets Christmas Carol in June. (Which I have NEVER done – possibly) The book – Advent for Everyone by Tom Wright – is not exactly packed to the drawstrings with shepherds and camels etc. I think it is just meant to be thoughtful before Christmas or maybe make us more thoughtful or maybe something else equally laudable.

Anyway, I just kept thinking about this.

1 Corinthians 1

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong

Tom Wright says

” ‘But God’…Those are some of God’s favourite words. He often describes a human situation or problem and then takes delight in showing that God has stepped in and done something to change it drastically.”

I spent some time thinking about times when things had seemed hopeless or I had seemed particularly helpless and there was no way forward but God. And God did it – came through, changed things, did God type things.  How many times had I been on the receiving end of a but God? There’s plenty there if I put my mind to it. And, (stay with me here) if God never changes then it follows that he is as willing as ever to but God any current things that are happening. Things that look impossible often ARE impossible but I should never be without hope because God can still step in. He still does the things I cannot. If I am missing out maybe it’s because I don’t ask, don’t seek. God is maybe working, doing his thing in his own sweet godly way and I have maybe grown weary of finding out what that is. Maybe I have forgotten that he can change things. It is a challenge to me, I tell you. I expect you lot are further on this road than I am but I think I need to be a bit more expecty. I am thinking that this may be my word for the year. “EXPECTY” Learning to be an expecty kind of person when it comes to God. (Yes, I know, I know. Ask me how bothered I am and there are no rules in this that say it has to be a REAL word). Expecty. That will be me. (Now need to go and argue with the spell checker). Blessings abound eh?

 

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  1. January 12, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Yes – definitely. I too can think of times when life seemed in chaos BUT GOD stepped in….
    Thanks for this wonderful Advent post. I am sure that in some obscure corner of the Christian Church, they are still in Advent, so I am not counting this one as ‘late’!!
    Probably better for you to be expecty than expectant…

    • lesleyps91
      January 14, 2018 / 8:08 am

      Goodness me yes! My legs just gave out at the thought of that!

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