IN NEED OF A SAVIOR - REFLECTION
I got lost in DisneyWorld when I was six years old.
My siblings and I were with my dad riding Space Mountain, and out of the corner of my eye I saw the most amazing thing: a Reba McEntire cd in one of those spiraling glass cases. I was mesmerized. Who doesn't love a little Reba?
After only a few moments of distraction, I turned around to find nothing and no one familiar. Where was my family? I became overcome with fear. I was lost in the not-so-magical-feeling world of Disney.
Luckily, my dad is a man with a plan, and he told us in the car that morning, "Ok guys, if anyone gets separated from the group, we are going to meet at Cinderella's Castle. Everybody understand? Cinderella's Castle. That's very important."
So there I stood. A little brown-haired six-year-old, who was frightened out of her mind. For whatever reason, I had the intuition at that age to keep it together. I wanted to cry and scream out for my dad, but I didn't want anyone to know I was lost. So, I started walking toward Cinderella's Castle. My dad told me later I was lost for about 30 minutes, but it felt like an eternity. I moseyed around the front side of the Castle....and I waited. I had to trust that my dad would come for me. And then, finally, out of the crowd emerged my dad. He came running towards me and I toward him. My dad found me. He came....for me.
The word "Advent" comes from the Latin word that means "coming". Right now, as a Church, we find ourselves in that season of waiting on Someone who is coming. Maybe we even feel a little bit lost. Sometimes, in seasons of waiting, it can feel like an eternity. And it can be agonizing. When we are in a season of waiting, especially when we cannot perceive the end, the temptation is to become highly anxious, or even to despair. This isn't just in reference to the Advent season. This, in fact, is how many of us feel in our every day lives. Sometimes we simply feel, like I did in the park that day, in need of someone to save us.
"The people in darkness have seen a great light...." (Is 9:2)
God knows intimately of your needs. He knows your areas of "darkness". He knows about the job, the finances, the family member in need, the broken relationship....he knows it all. We have a good Father in Heaven who, beyond all comprehension, sent His only son to this earth. And he did that, my friends, for us. He did that for you.
Like my dad came searching for me, his daughter Andrea, Christ comes to seek and save you. Insert your name. It's personal, it's individual, and it's real. He knows your anxieties. He knows what distracts you, He knows what is keeping you from trusting him. He knows it all. And He comes for you.
In this season of waiting, of feeling lost...let us choose trust. Trust that we have God who knows us and sees us. Trust that we have a God who comes to save his children; we, who are in desperate need of a Savior.
Written by Andrea Thomas
Are there any areas of your life that you don't believe God can make new? Can you identify what holds you back from fully trusting that God will take care of you?
In what ways can you invite Him into your heart in a deeper way this Advent season? What can you practically do to create some space for God to move in your life?
This Advent series by The Vigil Project is all about the family: is there a family member in need who you can pray for in a special way this week, trusting that God sees their every need?