Well, the leaves have been changing for a while now and I am sad to say they are beginning to fall. The weather is getting colder and even the fun Fall activities—the apple picking and trips to the pumpkin patch—are beginning to end. It is at this time that I can’t help but thinking that winter is almost here…and Christmas is coming fast!! Only a month and a half left!

Now looking forward to Christmas—getting ready to celebrate the birth of Christ—is certainly a good thing, except when it causes us to miss the joy and the plans that God has for us today. We need to be patient. We can’t allow ourselves to get so far ahead, to spend so much time thinking about the future that we miss today.

A devotion from the book Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, caught my eye when thinking about patience.
“Anxiety is the result of envisioning the future without Me. So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively. Remember to listen, as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me. If you must consider upcoming events, follow these rules:

1) Do not linger in the future, because anxieties sprout like mushrooms when you wander there.

2) Remember the promise of My continual Presence, include Me in any imagery that comes to mind.

This mental discipline does not come easily, because you are accustomed to being a god of your fantasies. However, the reality of My Presence with you, now and forevermore, outshines any fantasy you could ever imagine.”

At this time, when there is so much anxiety and uncertainty about what the future holds, this reminds us of God’s continual presence with us. Whenever you envision the future, whenever you are feeling anxious, look to Christ and stop to notice God’s presence with you.

As we look to the future, may we envision Christ already there preparing the way for us. And may we have the patience to enjoy each and every day that God graciously gives to us.

On the journey with you,
Nikki Ross Bishop