I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
At St. Luke's Episcopal Church Advent Day retreat I meditated on drawing water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation. What could that be in my life? Perhaps I would be able to draw water with rejoicing from God's spring by giving God some empty space and watching to see how she fills it.
If I do, when I do, would I be able to draw water from that spring promised so long ago in Canticle 9 (taken from Isaiah 12)?
Yesterday I purposely arrived to an appointment out of town more than 30 minutes early. I really don't like feel displaced, so I rarely do arrive more than 5 or 10 minutes early. But in taking this very, very small risk, I was greatly rewarded with several small experiences of delight.
A friend told me that novel experiences are required for transformation to occur. I can remember this and move myself out of my familiar paths more often so that I can be reminded that God is with me.
Sometimes I experience rejoicing as I draw water from the springs of salvation when I stay put only changing my perspective on what is given to me.
I thank God for her goodness, her incredible talent, in giving me diverse gifts of refreshing provision. I pray that the whole world will experience Emmanuel in every relationship this Advent season. For I believe that God is with us in more ways that we imagine.