Leah Farmer

Personal perspectives on faith, literature, and life.

Advent 2016: Turning to the Left or to the Right

Readings: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Isaiah 30: 19-26; Acts 13:16-25

Stuck

It feels like several people in my life have felt or been stuck this week. Everyone seems to be trying to make decisions about work, daycare for their kids, hospital care for their parents, etc. At work, my colleagues and I are spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to do planning for 2017 and the decisions and trade offs are not coming easily.

For me personally I feel like I’m approaching a crossroad…I’m not at it yet…but I’m on the walk towards it. Like so many of you, I have some choices to make over the next few months that might influence how the next few years go. There are some things I need to finally give up on and move past. And there are some things that I need to be willing to try and give some energy to.

Either way…choices must be made.

Decision-making must happen.

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
‘This is the way you should go,’
whether to the right or to the left.

As I sit with the expectation of Advent, I also take this moment to hope in the silence. My hope is that when the time comes, the voice will speak behind me telling me which way to go. But if I know “the voice” as well as I think I do, it will not say “Go left,” or “Go right,” but will instead say “You know what to do. Go the direction that is right for you and I’ll meet you there.”

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