“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
Christmas, for many, is an extremely busy and full time in life. Lots of plays, parties, and preparation. It seems to be that we are so frantically getting ready that we end up arriving at Christmas exhausted and in need of a break. Whether it is preparing for Christmas, or trying to finish off projects, coursework or jobs between now and Christmas most people seem to go into ‘silly mode’. In the busyness of this season, it is often easy to forget what it’s really all about; to miss that Advent is all about preparing for Christmas - about making space in our lives to think about Jesus and his coming.
Our Bible passage today speaks of preparing for the coming of God into our world. We now know that this was a prophecy about the birth of Jesus, about how people need to be ready to receive Him when he comes. The wilderness is a place of nothing, very little lives there or grows there and I think Isaiah is calling us to find the wilderness place in our lives - where we have space.
If you were stuck in the wilderness - no phone signal, no noise, no people you would have space to think, to reflect - assuming you’re not panicking about being stuck in the desert! This Advent I want to encourage you to find the little place of the wilderness in your life, maybe 5 minutes of each day that everything is switched off and you lock yourself away from the rest of the world. Why? So that you can make room to encounter God.
Pray that this Advent you will find time and space to encounter God.
Make a place in your home or life where you will think about Advent, and make it as special as you can. Maybe put an Advent candle there, or something else to help you focus on the daily readings to help you prepare for the Lord.