Welcome back to the conclusion of my series: Discover A Kindred Soul in the Christmas Story
It’s here – Christmas!
Nativity scenes abound – figurines of animals, shepherds, the holy couple, and baby Jesus in a manger bed – still and silent. It all seems so peaceful, so quiet, and so calm.
I suspect that it was not. I suspect that the stable witnessed real people with real emotions – and somehow that feels comforting.
Last week we left Joseph rocketing into the angel’s third promise: He will save His people.
Oh, Joseph, sweet kindred soul; you never saw it coming. Your world was rocked. You blasted off, waved good-bye to a familiar atmosphere, and whished like a spaceship into vast and uncharted territory.
Too far, too much, too fast.
Maybe Joseph feels unprepared or unqualified, but God chooses him all the same.
Joseph, Son of David:
It’s you. You are the man I’ve chosen.
Joseph understands curveballs and unmanageable circumstances. His role in the Christmas Story is a heart-stopping picture of God’s desire to involve us in His plans and move us from bobbling along to living out His promises.
Jesus is born and Joseph’s life is never the same.
Astronauts say that at some point the differentness of space and speed start to feel less unnerving and more thrilling. They find that the perspective from beyond is mind-bending, and that once they’ve observed Earth from outer space, it never looks the same.
I’m betting from here on in Earth never looks the same to Joseph.
God shows up, blows his socks (er, sandals) off, and does life with him. The moment he steps out of his own small plans and into the magnitude of God’s plan, real life begins.
I’m betting that when Joseph has a chance to catch his breath and reflect, he is astounded.
Joseph, Son of David:
Mary will have a Son.
You will name Him Jesus.
He will save His people.
This will fulfill God’s message through His prophets.
And it did. God’s message through His prophets is simple:
I love you.
I’ve chosen you.
God’s overwhelming love for us changes everything and Earth never looks the same.
I wonder at what point Joseph’s difficult path ripens into a path of blessing,
his unanticipated path develops into a path of revelation,
his exhausting path is transformed into a path of refreshment . . .
The first Christmas stars Jesus alongside real people who face real challenges. There are no silent figurines. That comforts me.
I can’t relate to perfect figurines, but a messy challenge speaks straight to my soul.
Consider your own path.
You are loved and chosen to play a crucial role in God’s plan – a plan where curveballs and difficulties are paths to blessing, revelation, and deeper relationship with The Lover of Your Soul.
This is astounding news.
Take a moment to reflect and marvel . . . and be refreshed.
See you next week.