Haven’t made those Christmas cookies yet? Did Amazon just send you a notification that your gift is back-ordered? Or did you pull around the corner after a long day at work and see that only half of your outdoor lights are still lit? Yeah, me too.
How in the world am I supposed to execute a flawless Christmas that mirrors the Hallmark Channel with all of these unexpected errors? Doesn’t Amazon know that I intentionally sorted by “prime” because I was already tight on time.
As my plans are disintegrating, I think back to what the first Christmas must have been like. I’m guessing there was very little that went as planned. Having a baby in a stable probably wasn’t part of Mary’s birth plan. And Joseph, the poor guy. He was awoke by an angel and went on to take a pregnant-Mary as his wife. Toss in Herod, traveling by donkey and I’m confident that Mary’s Christmas wasn’t quite the ideal display either. And yet – it was the GREATEST Christmas of all time.
Apparently when it comes to the birth of our Savior, plans don’t matter much. Our end result is pre-determined. Jesus is coming. No burnt Christmas cookies or duplication of gifts from Grandma and Santa will change that. So let’s embrace the unplanned plans. Let’s follow Mary’s lead. The unplanned plans are just details. The advent journey is ending and what’s waiting is magnificent.
Relevant Scripture: “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger…” Luke 2:7
Lord, allow us to find rest in you as we prepare for this epic event. May you return us to the center of our being so we can meet Christ there as He comes into our world. Amen.