Honest Advent: Day 20

December 20, 2022, By: Jimmy Scruggs

Day 20: Goop

“Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Many years ago, I had a dream that I was walking down a long narrow dirt road. Barefoot and pregnant. Full term. I waddled next to a large wagon that carried all my earthly possessions. The road led to a mission supporting women of domestic abuse. I left all my possessions there and then turned around to walk the long narrow dirt road, but as I did I could feel the pressures of an upcoming birth in my hips and belly. I started to get nervous realizing I was going to have the baby, alone, somewhere on a dirt road. But just then all the women from the mission came running up and surrounded me to help deliver the baby. And I woke up. Goop.

God meets us in our messy state. This dream revealed to me the way I had over-dependence on materialistic abundance and how it created a distance in my personal relationships. I think that, if we allow them to, people will show up in our “goopiest” moments. If we have built those relationships through vulnerability and trust, then the goop isn’t messy enough to keep people away. And then you know it’s not messy enough to keep God away. The goop serves to show our humanness, our imperfections. I praise God for the goop! —Aisha Thomas