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Prepare the Way

A quick advent thought this morning as I was reflecting on how God’s Word can intersect with life if we pay attention to it. Mark’s gospel begins with these words, “The good news of Jesus Christ – the Message! – begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you. Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!” (The Message, Mark 1:1-3) He then proceeds to tell the story of John the Baptizer. No nativity story, no shepherds; just the assurance that the preacher will make the road smooth. There is some mystery, to me, about whether the preacher is John or Jesus or maybe both? John certainly prepares Israel for Christ’s coming as he announced the coming kingdom. But Christ is the preacher/ teacher who assures us that in Him, life is found. Following Him is a smooth, straight road to the heart of God’s love.

This message is currently playing out in my life as I see evidence of God’s leading in our new path to Boise. Last week I took my kids to register for their new schools, secretly pleading with the Lord that there be positive feelings after the tours. At two different schools, we were warmly greeted and toured around. The feeling of peace descended as I watched both kids happily envision the next phase of their educational lives. Both were smiling and hopeful, and we all had the sense that this was a great fit. I felt God’s little pat on my shoulder that all would be well, reminding me that He is the God who has already prepared the way. He’s been doing this kind of stuff for a long time now and it should come as no surprise that He is still at it. 

How is God preparing your way? How is He making your path smooth and straight? 

Lord – thank you for reminding me that while I try to seize control with all the fierce mother love I can muster up, you are already working behind the scenes. Forgive me for my lack of trust, and let me rest in the shalom that comes from knowing the Prince of Peace has come.

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