He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name. (Psalm 111:9 NIV)
Every ADVENTure needs provisions. We spent the day outfitting our boat for the days ahead, as we travel the Tom Bigbee waterway down to Mobile, Alabama.
We each had our lists and tasks. I wandered the aisles of the Super Wal-mart to pick up groceries and a couple other things for the trip. Les prepared our inflatible lifeboat and made sure everything mechanical was ready to go.
Last night we tried to use our butane burner on the stovetop, but it seemed to be leaking. We thought it might be a faulty butane canister. But another attempt with a new canister still spewed gas fumes into the cabin. Thankfully we discovered this before heading out. And we were able to go buy a table top unit for cooking, which uses the butane canisters that we brought with us.
As we prepare for our journey, it parallels my desire to prepare for Advent.
I was thinking about Zechariah again. I wondered how he was preparing for the birth of his son. In his forced silence, did he ponder what his son’s life would be like? I think he figured out that his son would not have an average life.
Did he meditate on the prophecies about the Messiah? Did he see any connection between his promised son and the one who would be sent to prepare the way of the LORD? Did he read Isaiah and Malachi? Did he know that his son was going to be the messenger?
“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
Did he stop reading the first verse, or did his eye catch these questions:
But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears?
Every ADVENTure has perils and obstacles. We don’t really know what lies ahead, but we know the One who holds every moment in His sight. We know the One who can prepare us for the future.
Sometimes, I’m not sure I will be ready. But God will make me ready, just as he promised in Malachi:
For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years. (Malachi 3:1-4 NIV)
What does it look like for you to be ready?
Looks like we’re ready for the heading down the river tomorrow!