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Advent: Eagerness

“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6, ESV) In the midst of making an exhaustive ‘to do’ list for a women’s Christmas event at my church, my phone rang. I saw it was Bianca.

Bianca is from my children’s group, and she’s from a non-Christian home. She asked Jesus into her heart this past June, after three years of attending the group. She is our person of peace, bringing many unchurched children into the group.

Bianca is also needy. She doesn’t have boundaries on when and how often to call people. Honestly, this used to irritate me, but then it occurred to me that I could gently teach her proper boundaries.

When I answered Bianca’s call she asked, “Can we meet today?” I discovered that what she meant, was that she wanted the children’s group to meet. I reminded her that we meet on Fridays, and she pressed on to request two meetings this week.

After the call, I compared Bianca and her eagerness to meet for two Bible stories this week, with the women who were non-committal about coming to the Christmas event. All of them seemed to be keeping their options open—what if something better came along? If Bianca knew about this women’s event, she would be calling me every day, five times a day, asking over and over how long before it would happen. How easy it is to engage the heart of a child.

As I reflected on these two types of reactions to “church” events, I asked God which am I, eager or non-committal? “Lord, how easy is it for you to engage my heart? Do I call out to you five times in a day asking when we can spend time together? Do I take You for granted because You are too available? Change me! Teach me! Make me like Bianca with You! We will celebrate Your birthday soon. Prepare my heart for this. Fill me with joy even in the busyness.”

Warmly in Christ, Karen Kurth

For Reflection: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3, ESV)

  1. What about you? Are you eager and seeking out more time with God or do you find yourself non-committal or preoccupied? What do you need to say “no” to in order to regain that childlike eagerness?

  2. Come to the Father as a child. Tell Him what is on your heart or in your hopes. Wait in expectancy for His response.

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