This past Avent Sunday’s reading was from the Gospel of Luke 21:25-36. It’s an eschatological passage meaning a passage that deals with the end times or as my pastor illuminates “the ultimate” time. I like that wording better it speaks more clearly to it. Anyways, the eschatological passage in Luke talks of “signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world.” It’s talking of a transition time (on earth and heaven) when the old is shaken and the new is coming.
If we are honest we don’t always like transitions. Transitions are scary. They make us leave what’s behind and head into the unknown. But what if transitions are God’s way of getting us out of our drowsiness? What if it’s his way of jolting, invading and dislocating us out of our slumber? Those were words my pastor used this past Sunday: jolt, invade, and dislocate. I love those words because they speak more clearly to it. Two years ago my life was jolted, invaded and dislocated. It was a time of transition from what I knew into the unknown. It was hard … but then again giving birth to life is laborsome isn’t it? I realize now I had become drowsy in my relationship with Jesus. Running on fumes in ministry. And Jesus loved me enough to jolt me out of my slumber.
This first day of Avent season I thanked the Lord for not allowing me to domesticate him. If you are in a transition, which we all are at one time or another, will you let it transition you closer to our wild and faithful God?
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things beging to take place, straighten up and raise your heads because your redemption is drawing near.”