“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7v14
Have you every had that warning light come on in your car?
What do you do?
Some people will immediately head to the garage to check it out and have whatever is causing it fix. Some will reach for the manual and turn the pages to find a diagnosis and then either fix it themselves or take it to the mechanic and tell them what they need to fix. Others will either drive around for a short while before seeking a solution and others will just simply ignore it until the car stops working.
Which are you?
I tried the manual approach recently and thought it was one thing, but it turned out that rather than warning me about low tire pressure it was actually telling me a bulb had gone.
Signs are there for a reason and our response to them matter. Advent is a sign to us, a reminder that God acted, is acting and will continue to act in our world in ways of love and peace.
The question therefore at the start of Advent is what is your response to the sign that God is on the move?
Will you immediately check into a garage (church)?
Will your reach for the manual (the Bible)?
Will you take your time before you check in with God?
Will you ignore everything until it all falls apart?
Whatever your response is, my prayer is that this advent you will find and experience God’s love.