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How Do We Embrace Moments of Joy During Advent?

Advent 2015, joyMarci Anthony1 Comment

LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6 (NIV)

Right now. Right now I am having a moment of unexplained joy. These moments seem so few and far between in my hurried life. I actually couldn’t express how I was feeling at first. The emotion was so different from how I feel most of the time.

What triggers these moments of joy? A great workout, a hug from my teenager, or knowing family celebrations are just around the corner? Could it simply be for a few moments today I was content with my lot? I was content with the provisions and boundary lines God provides for me and my family.

King David praised God for giving him pleasant boundary lines. In today's world, setting boundaries or being boxed-in seems like a limitation. But, I think King David had it right. God gives us so much. Many times we never even explore the full potential of the boundary that God gives. "Think outside the box," that's what we tell our kids and our co-workers when it comes to problem solving. What if we fully explored all the corners of the box first? How many of us never even go to the edge of what God has provided for us so we can truly say, "The boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places."

The boundary lines bring us freedom -- which bring us joy.

Freedom means to fully embrace what is within the unique domain God has provided for each one of us. As I set my heart on Advent and the anticipation of Christ's birth, I think of the freedom and joy that came down in a baby over 2000 years ago. I ponder the heart of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I consider the fear, excitement, contentment, and joy she must have experienced all at the same time for nine months. Could Mary have ever imagined the borders of her boundary line much less the borders of Jesus' boundary line?

I'm writing this and you are reading this, so it's pretty clear neither one of us was selected to give birth to the Savior of the world or to be the Savior of the world. Just because we weren't called for those missions, doesn't mean our purpose is of any less value. God gives each of us beautiful, joyful, pleasant boundary lines. He hems us in right where we are meant to be today.

Seek the joy in your boundary. It's waiting for you.

Dig Deeper |

Psalm 16; Luke 1:46-55

Additional Liturgical Readings For the Third Week of Advent|

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Action Item |

Write down three things for which you are grateful. Praise God for showing you that gratitude is the foundation of joy.

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, why do my eyes wander to the grass on the other side of my appointed lot? Show me today how to embrace and explore the fullness of your provision. Amen.

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