"No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways!" Is 64:3
The prophet Isaiah asks God not to stare at his people and punish them. Rather, the Prophet suggests that God could have been more forceful in helping the Israelites remain faithful to the covenant. “Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?” I can only imagine God smiling at Isaiah's intervention.
But Isaiah doesn't give up. Rather, while acknowledging the sins of the people, and admitting that they deserve condemnation, he also reminds God that God is the potter and the people are the clay. Surely, God must know that no potter ever discards her clay. Rather, she reworks it and shapes it into something new. That is what Advent is all about, asking God to reshape and mold us into heralds of the Great King.
Today, imitate God by looking at yourself and others without staring.
What situations cause you to obsess about matters you cannot control?