God is prepared, and He is prepared to meet your needs. When He created the world, He was prepared to send Jesus to take away our sins. He is prepared to reveal Himself to you in a new way. Trust Him to do this.
As time goes by, God threads things together, weaving them into a whole that we begin to see.
“Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)
76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited[e] us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1)
Turning on the news is quite the lesson in being prepared nowadays. Violence, economic uncertainty, disease… A person could make themselves crazy trying to be prepared for all these things. Satan would like us to be bound up with fear over these things, rushing around, trying to prepare for any circumstance. But how would God have us prepare? Hear the words of David in Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
He does not want us to panic. He wants us to recognize that He has time in His hands. The Lord prepared all the events leading to Christ’s arrival on earth. He prepared Mary, Joseph, the wise men, John the Baptist, and all the prophecies leading to His birth over hundreds of years.
To be truly prepared, take in His Word daily. As Jesus was born in the world, He comes to be born in each of us. When He enters into our lives, He brings grace and mercy. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Through Jesus Christ, coming into our hearts, we are made children of God, and are no longer servants.
“9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2)
Be Born In Me
(a song reflecting Mary’s heart)
Everything inside me cries for order
Everything inside me wants to hide
Is this shadow an angel or a warrior?
If God is pleased with me, why am I so terrified?
Someone tell me I am only dreaming
Somehow help me see with Heaven’s eyes
And before my head agrees, my heart is on its knees
Holy is He. Blessed am I.
All this time we’ve waited for the promise
All this time You’ve waited for my arms
Did You wrap yourself inside the unexpected
So we might know that Love would go that far?
Be born in me, be born in me
Trembling heart, somehow I believe that You chose me
I’ll hold you in the beginning, You will hold me in the end
Every moment in the middle, make my heart your Bethlehem
Be born in me
I am not brave
I’ll never be
The only thing my heart can offer is a vacancy
I’m just a girl
But I am willing, I am Yours