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Jump to Your Feet by Kristin Wooldridge

An Advent Devotion
The Canticles of Christmas
Week One: Ave Maria

Tuesday, December 5

Micah 4:6-13

“On your feet, Daughter of Zion! Be threshed of chaff, be refined of dross.” (Micah 4:13a, The Message)

This passage is worth a look from the beginning. It starts with a call for God making God’s people come together in peace and security through obedience. The nations will come together. There will be judgment and war will be no more. This passage includes the familiar call in verse three to beat our swords into plowshares.

Then the rest of the passage, 6-13 shares what will be established as restoration after exile of spirit, nation, beliefs, affliction and more that separates people from one another. The gathering of the broken and exiled to be near God forevermore. Those that are not one with God will be confused and will not rise up. Oh, this passage is hard for me to process. Some rescued. Some not. Enemies isolated. A dividing God.

The call in the beginning of verse 13 is where I find something I can hold onto. The Message translation reads,

“On your feet, Daughter of Zion! Be threshed of chaff, rekindled of dross.”

The call of letting go is resounding in this text. Setting aside the trivial for God to have the kingly share of my life and living.

The busyness is not God’s calling for me.

The “extra” is not God’s calling for me.

The management of stuff is not God’s calling for me.

 

God calls me to thresh the chaff.

Remove. Rid. Decrease. Separate. Divide.

Threshing the chaff brings        

Focus. Clarity. Room. Openness. Space.

So in this season of preparing and living into Advent, let us find ways to restore our hearts and homes in ways that makes room for our true calling.

Let’s jump to our feet for God.

by Kristin Wooldridge

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