Quieting the wild steeds …a big challenge during Advent

Yesterday I drove to Indianapolis and back. The first 5 miles on the interstate I dialed back and forth between the 240+ stations on the satellite radio — Christmas carols, Latin jazz, ESPN sports, CNN.  Suddenly I hit the off button and said loudly, “Stop it.” 

For the next 100+ miles I kept the radio off entirely and concentrated on my breathing.  After a while, my mind thought of Isaiah 30:15-16:

15For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,”In(A) returning[a] and(B) rest you shall be saved;
   in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling, 16and you said,”No! We will flee upon(C) horses”;
   therefore you shall flee away;
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”;
   therefore your pursuers shall be swift.

Quietness is a rare commodity this month.  I counted the swift horses in my life, neighing and fleeing here and there…

the unknown future
more worry
more shopping
more eating…

This morning I looked at the four Advent candles sitting on the table before me.  I looked back at the verses in Isaiah.  Four words leapt from the page … return, rest, quietness, trust.

I prayed Psalm 131.  I said, “This is my new Advent Prayer.”  Want to join me in making it yours, too? 

New International Version, ©2010)

A song of ascents. Of David.

 1 My heart is not proud, LORD,
   my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
   or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
   I am like a weaned child with its mother;
   like a weaned child I am content.
 3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD
   both now and forevermore.

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