Advent is the first part of the word adventure. I don’t think I have ever recognized that word connection before today.
Cue word nerds… ( Let me know what you find out)
But here’s what hit me today. The thought popped right into my pondering…
Advent is the period of anticipating an arrival. Significantly to the current season, we are celebrating the previous arrival of our Savior. Concurrently, we are anticipating His soon return.
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Luke 1:28 NIV
As we celebrate the advent of Christ’s birth so long ago, parents remember the anticipation, the angst, the excitement and worry associated with (especially) the first child in the womb. Many of us remark on having a child join our family as a time to “settle down”.
In fact, the advent of a child is far more than settling down; it’s the starting point of a grand adventure!
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Luke 1:30-33 NIV
As I embark on my personal advent season I am remembering the anticipation of a child (×2) and reflecting on the grand adventure that has followed.
A life of following the risen Christ in daily anticipation of His soon return is quite similar, I’m finding out. Adventure is around every corner for us who are watching and waiting while living and working.
I’m curious. What are you pondering this advent season?
Is it possible that you can offer yourself grace to adventure through the advent?
Perhaps you thought the advent season should include so much quiet reflection as a sign of your devotion to Jesus?
What if you allow yourself to reflect on Him in the adventure of His previous arrival?
What if you give yourself license to ponder (in the daily adventurous crazy of life on planet Earth) His return?
He, Jesus, is around every corner. He’s already in the future. He, Jesus, is experiencing His own personal advent. He’s ready and waiting for the Father to give His nod and say, “Go. You are the One True King.”