It’s that time of the year again, the time when I’m supposed to be so excited about Christmas being 3 days away. This blog actually began several weeks ago, I didn’t know it at the time but God has been showing me something really significant. Normally around mid-November I start getting so excited about Christmas. I usually write out all my to do lists, myself and the kiddies get to decorating the Christmas tree and entire lounge and I spend countless hours making Christmas cards for my loved ones and sometimes complete strangers too.
However, this year was very different. I haven’t made a single list, I decorated the tree on my own a whole 2 weeks and 1 day later than we traditionally have for the past forever. We haven’t even decorated the lounge and I have made a whopping figure of 2 Christmas cards. I kept telling myself that I haven’t been preparing for Christmas the way I usually do, but I have been so wrong about that. You see, God has been preparing my heart a little differently this year. I have spent more time this year doing Christmas devotionals and reading my bible than I have planning and prepping for Christmas. God has painted a different picture about Christmas for me, maybe my family and loved ones don’t get it because it looks like I’m not ready for Christmas, but I can assure you my heart is ready.
So here goes… This morning I was lying in my bed, it was really early and I was enjoying listening to the heavy rain. My mind happened to wonder to a time when I was lying on the delivery table minutes away from having my son. I was young and I was so scared, but my heart was fully prepared for what was about to happen. The moment I heard his first little cry and the instant I saw him, I felt a love that I could never explain. I knew in that moment that I would do absolutely anything for my little boy. A few moments later I got to see my hubby hold our little boy and the joy in his face is something that still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. We were parents and we were so in love with our baby boy, our future of being parents had just begun and we couldn’t have been happier. I fast forwarded a few years to the day our daughter was born… so much love and joy. Then I thought back to last year when my brother and his fiancé had their little girl, I remember the joy and love I saw and felt that day. Fast forward 3 months back to when my baby brother and his wife had their little girl, I tell you…it brought me to tears. My point is, I’m pretty sure almost every parent felt this way the day their children were born, so what about God and Mary… and Joseph? I can’t help but wonder what joy and love was felt on the day that Jesus was born. In Luke 2 vs 13-14 it says, “Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”” In Luke 2 vs 19 it says that Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.
I watch my kids day by day, I watch as they grow and learn and conquer the challenges in their lives. I have no clue whatsoever what their future holds. As a parent I wish the best for my kids and their future but like I said, I have no clue as to what the future holds. God on the other hand new exactly what Jesus’ future held. He knew the pain and suffering Jesus would have to endure for mankind. God knew of each whip and lash, He knew of the crown of thorns, He knew of the torment and torture, the mockery…Yet Jesus was still born. What kind of love is that? It’s an unfathomable love. God knew that some people would still mock Him to this day…yet He still sent Jesus. God knew that some people would never believe no matter how much we tried to save them, yet He still sent Jesus. God knew that those who were born again would mess up over and over again on a daily basis, yet He still sent Jesus. I mean…there is no greater love.
I’m going to be honest with you, if I knew that my kids were going to have to die for an undeserving mankind, I would have never fell pregnant in the first place. But even though God knew, even though Jesus knew, Jesus still came for each and every one of us undeserving people and all because He loves us!!!
I know that Christmas is only 3 days away, but can I encourage you to prepare your hearts! I want you to think about the day your kids were born and the love and joy you felt. If you don’t have kids yet, ask your parents to recount the day you were born, look at the love in their eyes when the tell you of that most precious memory. After you have done that, I want you to think of what John 3 vs 16 really means in its entirety.
“For God so loved the world [insert your name by world], that He sent His one and only Son [emphasis on ONE AND ONLY] that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
PREPARE YOUR HEARTS THIS CHRISTMAS