Decorating the tree, snow, eggnog, family, big comfy scarves, presents, the Christmas story, a warm fire, Creme Brulee Latte at Starbucks (grande, extra hot, less sweet, and cinnamon on top)… These are just a few things I look forward to each year as Christmas approaches!
This year is a little different. A few unique to us things flood my mind that I wouldn’t have necessarily dwelt on previously. Matt and I will spend this Christmas together and not physically with our families. I’ll be making my first turkey! Oh, and we’re having a baby soon!! Now that changes a few things..
I love learning about the “not so focused on” characters in the Christmas story like Zachariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:5-25), the Wisemen or the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12), Simeon (Luke 2:25-35) and so on. Yet the past few months, every ache or pain I experience, every “new” movement that our baby makes, the Lord brings my mind to Mary so often.
What might she have experienced during her pregnancy? Was it similar to the things I have been experiencing? What were some of the funny comments and advice people had given her? What were those tough statements she had to swallow as some would have put her down for being in her position. Did she enjoy being pregnant? Did she struggle to not complain when the future seemed somewhat unknown? Did she fear?
I try and read between the lines as I read about the path that the Lord had chosen for Mary. A women of faith, a servant of the Lord, and favored she was.
“For nothing with God [is or ever] shall be impossible.. Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; may it be done to me according to Your Word.” AMP
This Christmas truly isn’t about me. It never has been! It’s not about our joyfully expectant baby girl. It’s not about Mary and how she carried the Son of God. No, today and everyday it is about Jesus. Son of the Most High.
“For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder,
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
“And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.]”
Have you lost your wonder and awe for HIM? Has your mind been wrapped up in decorating, shopping, baking, and you have not taken the time to soak in the goodness of the Best Gift of all? Jesus is the best thing we could ever have and we have been given all of Him.
“Thank you Jesus for coming to earth, for choosing us because of Your great Love, for humbling yourself to the point of death on a cross, and demolishing the barrier of sin between us so that we can have a relationship with you today.”
Jesus took our place. Let’s remember HIM this Christmas. Everything about Christmas this year has been given to us so that we are pointed back to Himself.
“But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart.”
Is your heart expectant? Make Jesus your treasure today.