During Advent, we are participating in a hashtag word of the day project called #AdventWord2018. Employees were randomly assigned a word from the list and invited to reflect on what it means to them specifically during the Advent season. Then we record a quick video explaining that and share it with our social media followers.
I was given two words (not everyone wanted to participate so that’s how I ended up with an extra one.) “Smooth” and “wild.” At first, I had to think about it a bit. Smooth and wild? Hmm. Really, the first thing that came to mind was “smooth sailing.” So, how to apply that to Advent? Well, Advent can be defined as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. “A time of preparation” sticks with me. Sounds like it could end up being a bit of a journey- waiting. And certainly, we are all on different paths of faith and have our own ways of arriving at some type of conclusion. Maybe we never actually arrive there.
In my case, I think “smooth” and “wild” could definitely be words to describe my faith journey. Some days the path feels smooth and I’m like 'yeah, this is how I feel.' Other days it can be wild and I’m flooded with questions and wonder all while not exactly knowing how I feel.
We’re taught that no matter the journey, smooth or wild, Jesus still accepts me. He still saves us then comes back to us again. That’s pretty cool. Gives you comfort that he’ll be there for you even on those days you feel like you just don’t know what’s what anymore!
As you enter the Advent season, I wish you neither a smooth or wild journey. I simply wish you strength on your journey, however it goes. That’s because I think that even when things aren’t smooth, they’re feeling a little rough, there’s still some good in there somewhere. May be hard to find but I do believe something good comes of tough situations. Whether you grow as a person or learn something about yourself. Either way, you aren’t the same and I think change is not a bad thing.
But, if you do feel like you are never are on a wild path- right on. Good for you. Send me some tips!;)
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