It’s been a rough week.
Symptoms of illness have flared again, leaving me discouraged and depressed. In addition, current circumstances are less than desirable. Can I confess that as a result, I’ve been having a hard time getting excited about Christmas?
But God has a way of flipping my perspective.
Two days ago, I sat on a massive piece of driftwood, looking out over the expanse of our beautiful bay. My friend and I talked, cried and prayed. As I gazed at the bay, I felt a whisper from God. What if I have something deeper for you this year? Are you willing to ask? Look for it? Find it?
In the moment, I didn’t voice those thoughts, but as the past couple of days have unfolded, I’ve come back to that moment.
It’s never really been about the materialism. Our family focuses most on the birth of Jesus, and our gift giving is a reflection of all he’s given us. But each year I find God digging deeper in my heart to turn up a nugget of spiritual gold; a treasure beyond even the best intentions of the season.
Last year, I was struck by Emmanuel – God with Us.
Everywhere I turned; the message danced around my head and evidenced itself in numerous ways. I needed God with me, and I knew with great confidence that he was. His presence was imperative to my existence and well-being so he showed up all over my life. His assurance dogged me this year.
What does he have for me this year?
I’m asking, seeking, contemplating. I expect it will hit me with a suddenness that will produce a rush of revelation and tears. And because of this anticipation, my heart toward the coming holiday has done an about face. Today, a seemingly impossible situation that unexpectedly changed reminded me that my God can do the unbelievable in a matter of moments. And nothing will be the same.
I remembered the words of James “…you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” (4:14) In a moment, everything could change.
Waiting for that moment with anticipation this Christmas.
What about you? What does Christmas mean when you look deeper?