Christmas devotionals abound, I know. But God connected a dot for me last night and I thought you would enjoy it too. It’s about two women and their radically different responses to God.
Here’s a little context. Every year we do an assortment of Christmas celebrations.
Watch “The Nativity” movie. Read “The Advent” book. Attend a couple of musical presentations.
At one such event, there was moment when the characters acted out the fall of man, and thus the need for the Savior. In this particular drama, Adam exclaimed that Eve got them kicked out of the garden. He seemed bewildered, amazed, overwhelmed by her deception. (Never mind that the man was with the woman when she was tempted by the serpent.)
Call me hyper-sensitive, but there was something yukky about the script or delivery, as if everything would be hunky-dory if it wasn’t for ‘that woman.’ Continue reading
We make all kinds of allowances for fear, worry and stress. We take meds. We have talk shows. We have lots of diagnoses. But I am not sure we are actually getting any where.
My friend Heather said, “this way of life is scandalously simple.” Let me explain the math.
Jesus is the Son of God. He can do anything. (Check your own qualifiers and excuses that just surfaced.) He loves us completely, in fact He adores us. Lavish is the word that comes to mind. All through scripture we see Him saying radical things like:
- Ask and believe.
- With God all things are possible.
- If you believe, you will see the glory of God.
Yet we don’t ask. We don’t be believe. And we don’t see His glory.
What are we waiting for?? The Lord told me the other day that I was too comfortable. I wasn’t attempting anything that needed a miracle. A God life should be so big that it takes God to pull it off. How big is your life, your ask, your need? How big is your God? How great is your faith? Mary turned to Jesus for help when they had run out of wine. Not a life or death situation. Not healing. It was a party. And after she asked she immediately turned to the servants and said, “do whatever he tells you do.”
Belief. Waiting. Expecting.
There should always be “room for wonder” in our lives. We have to let go of the control and confines and leave space for God to show up and show off. But instead of waiting in wonder, we often quit, lament, or take it back in our own hands.
Let’s be done, shall we? Let’s whisper our prayers in faith, fully knowing that He listening and ready to pour out. Let’s pray for others knowing that God is ready to be God to them. Let’s do whatever he tells us. And then let’s sit back after the miracle with hearts full of wonder and give God all the glory for being God. He is so worthy of all our praise.