Who would have thought to do it that way but God! Think about it – a virgin gave birth… and in a stable where no one really knew what was happening at least at first.
If I were in charge of the world and it finally came time to send a Savior I think I would have done it with a lot more fanfare. There would have been some kind of clear announcement and some sort of royalness to it all.
But I’m not God and He often does things differently than I (or any of us) expect.
God had His own way and for His own good reasons. Whenever I think maybe things should have gone differently I am reminded His promise to be with us.
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
If Jesus had been born a royal He would have been rather inaccessible to the common man. I love that God’s plan was/is way better than mine. He planned that Jesus would come and BE with us and that He would send His Sprit to be IN us! Things may not be going exactly as you would have planned them but you can be assured you are never alone.
Here’s three ways you can ponder this thought this holiday season:
- Consider the past. Set aside some time to write down the top 10 things you are thankful for from this past year.
- Dream big for the future. Take one situation you are dealing with in your life or one dream you feel like it is time to pursue and invite God into it. God has better plans for us than we can hope and He is already there. When we connect with our intended destiny we participate in His hope for all mankind! Pick one focus for 2016 and walk toward it with Him, you’ll be watching your dreams become goals and your goals become reality.
- Be present in the present. I love the word play involved here.
The past is behind us supporting who we are, the future is ahead bursting with possibilities, but today is the gift we can open and present to God.
By being present in each moment, with each person in conversation not rushing to a next thing, engaging as He guides us, listening where He wants us to listen, encouraging where encouragement is needed, caring where care is craved, in it all we can experience Emmanuel, God with us, at a next level of connection. In Him there is always more!
I’m intrigued with the imagery of the rope light Christmas trees.
Each circle represents an event to me. A circumstance where there was something that happened or something that was hoped for and then God offered a plan and we engaged with Him. And around and around it goes. Each lap is an episode and every time we choose to connect with God and involve Him in our real lives we move closer and closer to the centering He offers.
This Christmas season I pray you will find yourself embracing your past and taking time to thank God for how He was there for you. I pray you will lean into your next’s – the dreams He has put in your heart and I pray you will enjoy your holidays, even setting them aside as holy days to be present with Him and those around you.
Listen – He is always there.