Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Journey of 1000 miles

Daily Gratitude-Year 4 Day 297: Today, I am grateful "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step". 

The quote is quote is Lao-Tzu. It holds great wisdom. To make any big change, we must take the first step. Step into courage. The first time we pick up reading glasses for clearer vision. The first time we step into gratitude and stop wishing away today's blessings. Oh, yes, "the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.

The holidays are here. This time of year, my heart turns toward the people of the nativity. Ordinary Mary with her extraordinary heart and big faith. Then, the simple carpenter from Nazareth who gathered his broken dream... his sweet Mary... and accepted an unexpected pregnancy and a son who would be his in love but not blood. They must have held on to Psalm 18:30:

The God - his way is perfect: the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. -Psalm 18:30

The journey of a thousand years intercepted "their stories", and God continued his love story with humans. He was about to write the chapter on redemption and Joseph and Mary would be vital to the mission. 

Could they even imagine that Psalm 22 contained prophecy, as well as reflection, and they would be key people. Accepting God's best meant great joy, but there would be sorrow, too. 

How could they have imagined that they would be called to be the earthly parents to the long awaited Messiah? They didn't - but God saw their hearts and their character spoke clearly. The time was now. 

It takes my breath away. 

Today, I am grateful "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step". 

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