“Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign,
whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.’”-Isaiah 7:10-11
Eventually, I would come to realize that of course God does exist and that God does love me. But beyond that and more significantly, I realized the real perk of being a Christian was being able to spread that love and share the joy of being in a relationship with God. While we might look for that divine intervention or sign sometimes, we often forget that it can come from those around us, or even from within when we help out each other. We just have to watch for it, and open our minds and hearts to it even if it isn't what we are hoping for. Sometimes, we have to wait patiently and see how it all works out.
I think Advent is a great time to take step back and remember the great interaction between God's role in our world---and our role in God's. Often times, we can get caught up our preparations for Christmas--running around trying to find the best sales, worrying about finding the perfect gifts, making sure we've packed everything as we get ready to travel, or cleaning house for company. Even with the best intentions, it can easily become all about us. We forget what we are really preparing for--God among us!
Steve Bretthauer has attended St. Stephen's for two years helps facilitate the Youth II class.