Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
I love Christmas, the whole thing, twinkling lights, the tree, the smells, the music…as most everyone does. Memories come…my heart is full of them…driving to grandmas for family Christmas Eve dinner, usually through the fog. Love that…the fog makes the house lights glow all the more. Singing Christmas Trees, almost every year, sleigh bells (even without snow, just the sound), smells of cinnamon and pine, or something baking, like my mom’s Christmas cookies (I can taste them…), old movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “Miracle on 34th Street.” You feel’n me too?
All those warm and fuzzy’s are what the world has made of this season and I do love all of it, but I also know it’s not what’s most important…
A CHILD WAS BORN!
God unfolded His most amazing plan on that first Christmas Day…to GIVE US a way back to a closeness like we had in the beginning, in His beautiful garden. What a way too. A CHILD! His ways again…so unexpected. The Creator birthed and cared for by the created. What a plan. “unto US a CHILD is born…”
But a child? Think about it – sweet, soft, lovable, cooing, smiling, drooling (and all the other baby things I’ll leave out at the moment)…in other words, pure and innocent. He didn’t come as the conquering hero on the great white horse to save the day, which was expected or assumed. That’s for another time yet to come. God gave a baby for us to trust. That’s what faith is, the total, beautiful, and altogether simple innocence of a baby.
Matthew 18:3-5 AMP
Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives and accepts and welcomes one little child like this for My sake and in My name receives and accepts and welcomes Me.
It’s all about relationship, after all. God had that kind of relationship with Adam and Eve in the garden; walking and talking, feeding and providing everything they needed. That’s why He created them, what He loved to do, and what He missed. That broken connection had to be restored AND we needed that relationship restored back more than anything else.
Relationship takes time, lots of it. A baby takes time, lots of it. Caring for one little baby, feeding it, cleaning it, dressing it, teaching it… Quite an example of how detailed and intricate He wants to relate with us. He wants to be the Wonderful Counselor, walking and teaching us, smiling at us with every new concept we finally learn; to be the Mighty God, defender against the (defeated) enemy of our souls; to be the Everlasting Father, guiding and loving us well along our way; and to be the Prince of Peace, giving us that peace beyond our understanding in this world that’s anything but peaceful.
Thank you God, for in Your GOODNESS You gave us a BABY to trust that night under those shining stars.
Oh Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining,
it is the night of our dear Saviors birth…
Oh night Divine~