I wrote this post several years ago for God-Sized Dreams. The words still speak truth and remind me of the approaching holiday season. I love the idea of preparing not only my home but my heart and soul also. Join me as we dive into this idea of “preparing the way” and what that means for each of us.

 

Fall is becoming a distant memory. The chill in the air reminds me to search for my gloves, scarf, and earmuffs. The leaves hang on in places, but barrenness stretches across the landscape. A silent chant begins to crescendo each morning as I reluctantly crawl out of the warmth of my blankets.

Prepare Ye the Way! Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord!

A Pause in the Busyness

Holiday madness is in full swing but I find myself pushing back against the tide of busyness. I begin the chant again.

Prepare Ye the Way! Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord!

I press pause on my to-do list and pull out my Bible. As I turn to the Gospels searching for the familiar words, I sit down ready to read and exhale the stress I’ve been holding inside.

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.

 Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation. Luke 3:4-6

John the Baptist preached these words, first spoken by Isaiah the prophet, to the people in the countryside of Jordan. The foreshadowing proclaimed in them fill me with hope and a new understanding of how perfectly God fits the pieces of our history and future together.

Our lives reflect the seasons. We journey through times of busyness, barrenness, waiting or ones producing much fruit. The beauty is how God faithfully takes each season and uses it for His good.

John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lord. His timing and preparation paved the way for Jesus. John’s work took place in the wilderness. His dreaming and preaching began in an unlikely place, but his part of God’s story was essential. Whether we are the main character in God’s story or a member of the crowd, we are needed and essential.

How to Prepare

I read the words of Luke again. I whisper, “Prepare ye the way” and prayed for wisdom. How can I move forward amidst all the distractions? What can I do to keep my focus during the upcoming season? Will I allow God to prepare my heart when I’m in a wilderness season of waiting?

My life the last few years looked like a series of transitions. The time crept slowly until I began to allow myself to dream in earnest. I prayed and dreamt some more. God showed me glimpses of what my future looked like. I prayed again, but this time for patience in the waiting. Piece by piece the dream became my reality. My heart opened to receive the gift that God extended in the process of embracing the next step. But first, I allowed myself to dream.

Let Yourself Dream

In my dreaming, God showed me…

That waiting is not only a time of preparation but a time for God to work behind the scenes putting the pieces together.

How hope plays out when our faith is engaged and becomes hope-fulfilled.

An unexpected time of transition is God’s gift to us when we allow the slow down to become a time of rest and renewal.

That praying for dreams to come true prepares our hearts for all God is going to do.

No matter what the season, He cherishes our dreams and weaves them into our story as He is able.

It began with one chant….

Prepare Ye the Way! Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord!

It ended with named dreams and a promising future. God carefully held my longing in His hands and set it free as I prayed for His will to be done.

The blessing of dreams is a gift we give ourselves. The prayer we pray for our dreams to come true is our invitation to God to unfold our heart’s deepest desires.

God invites us to dream big and release the results to Him. What would it look like this holiday season if you stepped out of the usual busyness by pressing pause and allowing God to fill the space reserved for the dreams of your heart?

Blessings in the wilderness! May all your God-driven dreams come true!

Photo by Eric Andrikaitis on Unsplash

Do you know? Did you hear? The King is coming! I love everything about Advent but especially the chance to press pause on busy and make room to prepare my heart for the birth of Our Savior. This year I am inviting you along to join me. 

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