Saturday of the Third Week of Advent 2018
December 22, 2018
Scripture: 1 Sam. 1:24-28; Lk. 1:46-56
Will I praise Him in my suffering, in my moments of fear and uncertainty? Will I confidently proclaim His name when I am facing humiliation and rejection? Will I remain firmly in Him when I am misunderstood and judged even when I myself am confused? When I have lost everything, do I blame or turn into Him?
In the gospel of Luke, we hear Mary’s song of praise and adoration. She was a normal adolescent girl in a seemingly dreadful predicament. She could have drowned in despair. But, because of her faith and being filled with the Holy Spirit, Mary instead embodied the Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. Because of her faith, her life experience was extraordinary.
She surely felt the way I have felt in times of crisis, painfully alone and scared; yet she trusted the truths of the Lord more than she trusted her feelings. This couldn’t have been something new to her. She was chosen by God because she was faithful in her daily life and was ready. She knew Him well, so she recognized Him when He called her into His service. Because of her consistent devotion, she could see through the catastrophe, embrace His purposes and fully experience the bounty of the Holy Spirit.
What about me? Am I ready and prepared to serve Him? Will I make a habit of walking with the Lord daily? Will I recognize His voice because I am in the practice of listening carefully? Will I experience the power of the Holy Spirit living in me? Will my soul proclaim the greatness of the Lord?
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your enduring love for me and the great things You have done for me. Thank You for how eagerly You embrace me and lead me. I am overwhelmed by Your relentless desire to bless me.
With Your strength, I can do the things You are calling me to do. Help me to quickly see your purposes in all circumstances and to always sing Your praises. I trust in You, the One who forgives, the One who is holy, the One who promises the fullness of life everlasting. Amen.
By Jan Van Huizen