Advent Week 2: Preparing the Way, Dec 11, 2013
Read Isaiah 40:4; Luke 3:2-4
This picture has always puzzled me a bit, perhaps because I see it literally. To me, what can be more beautiful than mountains and valleys? What can be more boring than perfectly smooth level ground? But then I picture the arrival of the mighty King, coming swiftly and magnificently, sweeping along a straight and level highway, coming in majesty and glory! I can see him way in the distance, robes flying, riding a magnificent horse!
Then I get past the literal visualization. The mountains of my pride and self-importance must be brought down and the valleys of my self-rejection and despair must be raised up if I am to prepare the way for God to enter my life.
Meditation: What false standard of perfection do I set for myself during this season that builds these “mountains” higher instead of bringing them down? Against what false standards do I measure myself that deepens my valleys of self-rejection instead of raising up myself as a child of God?
Examine again the list you made:
- Put a “smiley face” beside each item that you genuinely enjoy and look forward to.
- Put a star beside each item that brings you closer to God.