Advent Series week 2

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5 Things to Remember If You’re Thinking About {or Afraid of!} Trying Something New…

Join me every Monday ’til Christmas here on the blog! I’m so excited to explore the lives of four different people in the Advent story and what they reveal to us about living with the heart of an everyday {advent}urer and celebrating Advent everyday of the year! 

You can read the introduction to the series here.


If you’re thinking about trying something new, because many times that what’s we do around this time of year, than consider the lowly yet a little crazy shepherds. Follow me into their flock today, where we can learn a few things about what it means to explore the unknown with expectancy and excitement and the heart of an everyday {advent}urer!

Advent Series week 2

  1. God loves your mundane {even more than you!}

“There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angels stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them.” {Luke 2:8-12 MSG}

The shepherds were doing what they do every night. They knew the routine so well. They could do it day or night, sun or snow. They had just got their campfire started in the field and were about to get comfortable around its warmth and light for the evening, when suddenly the flickering glow of their fire became a candle compared to the glory flames shining down upon them. What had begun as just another day for the shepherds transformed into an encounter with the divine. Their mundane – an invitation for the miraculous.

Before we explore the unknown with God, take on a new venture, or embrace a different season, lifestyle, or routine, we must understand that God loves us right where we are at, in our field, next to our comfortable campfire, and tending to our mundane tasks. He doesn’t despise your daily life, in fact God loves it, even more than you.

Your normal days of work, play, eating, and sleeping are God’s best backdrop for His wonder to burst through. If you’re thinking of trying something new remember to be motivated by this- His glory already sits among your sameness.

 

  1. You don’t need to be fearless, just focused.

They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful even that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town…This is what you are to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” {Luke 2:8-12 MSG}

They were grown men shaking in their boots, but they didn’t know what else to do-they had never seen such a sight. What was about to happen? Were they going to survive? The mysterious unknown overwhelmed their familiar field of sheep.

Entering into a new season, sudden change {or change of any sort!}, or sensing a new direction from the Lord can be overwhelming…and many times our first reaction is terrifying fear just like the shepherds. But the angels redirected their heart to the good, the beautiful, the joyous event, the Messiah!

Your fear may never go away when you step out but don’t let that stop you- set your sight on Jesus, He is what you are to look for and expect!

  1. Desire Him Earnestly

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over, “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can go…” They, left running, and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger. {Luke 2: 15-18}

The shepherds knew this heavenly encounter was not something they needed to think about or study, but act on. As if one of their own sheep was in danger they raced quickly, earnestly, with desire and desperation to find the one whom their soul had been searching for all these years.

The shepherds were not afraid of their desire.

They allowed their desire to direct them to the presence of their Savior, Jesus. As they ran with urgency to find Him, the unknown was no longer something they feared but the place where they would meet their Father face to face.

Whatever it is that you feel God stirring in your heart, don’t delay. Your desires are from Him, He is leading you deeper into the mysteries of His heart. Run!

  1. Go and see for yourself!

“Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” {Luke 2:15-18}

Their adventurer’s heart got the best of them and they had to take action on God’s promise. They put down their rod and staff, what they had always known and carried. They laid them down beside the fire like an offering. Something in their heart knew that out there, in the unknown, without their comforts, was Jesus Christ. They couldn’t live another day without seeing for themselves, they stepped into the dark of the night with nothing but a promise.

What has God spoken to you? Are you still holding on to what you’ve always known? Let your adventurer’s heart take action on the promises of God. You will never truly know Him until you take the first step.

Let His promises be your guiding light into the darkness of the unknown. Determine today to see for yourself what happens when you offer your familiar comforts to the fire of His love.

  1. And lastly, remember the outcome will always be PRAISE!

“Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed… The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told.” {Luke 2:16-20}

They couldn’t stop sharing about His goodness. It felt like a dam wall had burst. Their feet danced, their hearts sang, their sheep seemed to smile. Life had changed for the shepherds. They had seen the King with their own eyes and seeing was indeed believing. Praise was their purpose now. Everything- from herding sheep, to building fires, to providing for their family became about Him. Their God had come to live among them how could they settle for life as usual anymore?

If God is beckoning us to come and seek Him, to travel into what looks like the dangerous paths of change, new seasons, or unknown circumstances, we can rejoice! Although we don’t know the exact outcome, it doesn’t matter!

God’s invitation to adventure, exploring the unknown, always results in meeting His presence in profound ways, in renewed purpose, and with bold praise. His invitations into those sometimes darkened trails are always where we are lit up by His overwhelming delight in us!

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