“Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?” (Isaiah 63:17a)
This verse is from the first reading from Advent this weekend. It’s an interesting rant, isn’t it? It’s kind of like the kid who blames his mom for what he did wrong. “Why did you let me do it?”
On the other hand, it is frustrating in those times we think we’re doing pretty well, only to look up and see that we have gotten a little lost. “Why didn’t you let me know that I was going the wrong way?”
It’s easy to focus on the fact that we have strayed or that we are far off from where we want to be, but our focus should actually go in a slightly different direction. None of us is going to be perfect. All of us will stray or get lost at times. The important thing in those times is to remember to look up occasionally so that we can find the path again. The important thing is to remember that God may or may not have tried to tell us that we were wandering, but as soon as we ask, He’ll be there to help guide us back. In the meantime, we will discover new strengths and graces in ourselves along the way.
An interesting reading to start Advent. It seems appropriate, I guess, as we wait for the star to appear in the sky to guide our way to the Savior. It’s a good reminder to keep an eye on where we are going.