A supporter of President Lincoln once remarked, “I certainly hope the Lord is on the side of the North.” Lincoln thought for a moment and responded, “About that I am not at all concerned, but only that we should be on the side of the Lord.”
The question is not whether God is on our side, heading our every call; but whether we are on His side, responsive to His call. He is the Creator, we are the created; He is the Alpha & Omega, we have an expiration date; He runs the universe, we can barely run our own lives.
It must be God first…God second… and God third.
In His infinite wisdom, God created the soul with needs that only He can meet. Placed deep within the heart of every man and woman is a yearning for love that trumps everything. And this hunger can only be fed by God. Our hearts are fashioned by God for God. The Creator of our thirst is also the fountain for our thirst.
As I reflect on the beginning of Advent and what this means to me, I am aware that I have a choice on how to order my days leading up to the most holy birth of Our Lord. As I make my “to do” lists, I will also remember to schedule in quiet and prayerful time. As I move about the busyness of Christmas with its many glittery and tempting distractions, I will also remember to be still.
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:11)