Don’t let your eyes deceive you. What is going on in the natural and what you can see with your physical eyes is not the ultimate truth. “Fix your eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
We must remember, He Goes Before Us. He’s the Leader. When we focus on this truth, all the heaviness we have been carrying shifts away. All the “leading” and planning, and organizing, and failing… it all falls to the side. We are reminded of HIS GREATNESS. His Lordship. His plan. His purpose.
Upon His wondrous birth there was IMMEDIATE LIFE & LIGHT available for all mankind. No matter how dark, cold or dreary it is, there is LIGHT & LIFE available to those who chose Him as Savior and Lord.
Let’s be like the shepherds, who left all they had and relentlessly ran to meet the newborn King. Let’s be like the kings, who left home and comfort to search for the new King. Nothing mattered more to them. Let’s ask God to reveal the depth of what Jesus is to us. Jesus is the gift that we so desperately need! It’s the perfect time to fully accept Him as God, Savior, King and Friend.
I always remember the church Christmas play I was assigned the role of the “Innkeeper’s Wife”. Innkeeper’s wife?! I thought. What an unimportant role. She wasn’t even mentioned in the Bible, maybe didn’t even exist. I wasn’t even the main innkeeper himself, but just the lowly wife! Little did I know the lesson I’d learn that Christmas…
The Holy Spirit is whispering to each of our hearts “come further up, come further in”- come dwell on the promises He has given us in His Word! Will we–yes, even in the midst of Christmas busyness, activities and preparations galore, answer His call? He beckons each of us. Oh how he desires to reveal His promises to us and strengthen us daily.
This fall, I encourage you to see big & small blessings as the Godwinks that they are… God showing His love to you! It is not just a coincidence. It is not just a “nice” thing that happens. Each and every act that makes your eyes light up and your heart soar… your Heavenly Father is the author of that.
The lesson I found in painting that day, my special ninth birthday gift, was it’s more about the process. It’s less about the control or the finished product. He’s leading us into making a masterpiece, His hand is upon ours. His expert brush is able to correct any mistakes. His advice and wisdom is available as He helps paint the picture of our lives.
It’s a brave thing to keep your heart a heart of flesh, tender and gentle in the midst of challenge, hurt, and the grief of this world. Next time that something hurts deeply and we are tempted to close off our hearts—we must surrender our hearts again to our Savior God. Let’s place our heart in His hands- the only place it will be truly safe and secure. To do this is an act of bravery, an act of trust, an act of faith.
It’s a story as old as time, yet unique as each one of us: How He can tenderly fall in love with each one of us is galaxies beyond our understanding. Yet it does not change the truth of the matter. You are completely loved by Father God.