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Trusting in the Lord – The Wayfinder. An Advent Reflection Series

2020 was rough. Everybody suffered. There were no exceptions. Pastoral ministers have written about this. Everyone experienced months of low-grade trauma. People had to constantly make decisions about important things in their life. Yet they felt that there were forces in play that affected those decisions over which they had no power. One Christian writer said, “It was one, long, 9-month Lent.”

In “Scripture Series Part 3: Waymaker – Jesus the Way, The Truth, and the Life” [starting at:08:24] Michelle Benzinger says, “What are the lessons of Covid for you? Don’t squander that!  “

Many feel like the Israelites on the coast of the Red Sea during the Exodus. The Egyptians are behind them and closing in to enslave or slaughter them. They have a body of deep water in front of them. They feel trapped. They see no way forward.

You hear voices, “You trusted in vain. You trusted in something that isn’t true” This is not of God. It is from Satan.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (See John 14:1-6)

Yet, it might involve a death of something. Hinds’ Feet on High Places is an allegorical novel by English author Hannah Hurnard. It was first written in 1955. It has become a massively popular allegorical work of Christian fiction. It involves the story of a young woman named Much Afraid. She journeys away from her fearing family and into the High Places of the Shepherd. She is guided by two companions: Sorrow and Suffering. The daily walk with God can easily discourage us. Christians encounter mundane and often humiliating tasks. This may cause them to lose perspective or hope. The book aims to show how a Christian is transformed from unbeliever, to immature believer, to mature believer. (From Wikipedia). We want to live on High Places. Yet, the only way that hinds’ feet are found on high places is to follow the pathways where hinds’ feet are used.

Joan of Arc once said, “I was born for this moment!” What you are doing is not meaningless. Christ is providing a way through. There might not be an immediate answer right in front of you right at this particular time. God is not playing hide and seek. We are not orphans. Take the next step up.

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