Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Coming

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
~ John 1:14, NIV ~

Patiently...  lovingly...  tenderly...  the Holy Spirit has been transforming me.  My soul has needed this Advent, this "coming". 

Typically, I look to Lent for this type of transformation.  Observance of 40 desert days always seems to go perfectly with the anticipated metamorphosis of Spring.  And the Holy Spirit is always well pleased to do His deep work in me at that time.

But Advent?  That is anything but desert time.  That is a time of imposing expectation.  Busyness applies its pressure through parties, and baking, and cards, and gifts -- all which have such meaning that settles to the bottom while the stress bubbles to the top.

I have been missing the wonder of His coming.  I have failed to confer with the Holy Spirit on what this coming means, what it should produce inside of me.  The Transformer of my soul has gotten buried under all of the tinsel and treats and traditions.

This year is different.  Despite the cavernous ache of increased suffering, I have been intentional.  Through Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift:  Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, I have enjoyed the opportunity to daily draw near in profound intimacy with God.  I have become more closely acquainted with the outrageous lengths to which God has gone to redeem my soul.  I have bathed in the opportunity to marvel and wonder at the awesomeness that leads to a dirty feeding trough and ultimately, a bloodied cross.  I have carved out enough quiet time and attention to breathlessly examine the DNA that Jesus was willing to weave Himself into for my benefit.  He missed out on no detail, no subtlety to orchestrate this love song.

This personal transformation birthed through a slow dance with the holy has spilled out as intentionality with my family as well.  Each evening we light the Advent wreath and explore the meaning of Jesus' coming by reading and discussing Nancy Guthrie's Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room:  Daily Family Devotions for Advent.  Some nights I feel as if the message just bounces off of them -- They have heard the story since their own infancy.  And what they each suffer in their individual journeys already presses so hard on them, sometimes they appear lost in the fog of their circumstances.  Yet, I know that I am the sower of seeds, and God's word  will not return to Him without accomplishing its good purposes in all of us.

PRAY:  Jesus, thank You for Your coming.  I praise You for such intimacy during these challenging days.  Don't leave my heart as You have found it, Lord.  Continue to draw me, to draw each member of my precious family closer to You.

~ Barb Dittrich

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1 comment:

  1. This line you wrote is so good and so true! May I not let Him get buried under tinsel!!!

    "The Transformer of my soul has gotten buried under all of the tinsel and treats and traditions."