How’s your week going? Have you been able to find some quiet moments in your day? Or are you running around crazily trying to get things done during this Christmas season? I must admit, lately I don’t seem to be taking enough time to be quiet. My heart desires to sit down and be still and listen, but my head tells me to keep moving because there’s things to be done and places to go, because Christmas is coming…
I find it interesting how the story of Christmas begins in the silence and in the every day routine of life. A young woman (a teenager really) is going about her day and has an unexpected visit from an angel who tells her the most incredible news. She accepts the news without doubting and responds in obedience and says, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” Her fiancé Joseph is sleeping and has a dream where an angel tells him not to be afraid, but to go ahead and still marry Mary. He accepts the news without doubting, and responds in obedience and…“when Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.” In the middle of the night, a group of Shepherds, going about their regular work routine, get surprised by “a vast host of angels”, telling them about the birth of Jesus. They accept the news without doubting and respond in obedience and “they hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.”
What do these 3 situations have in common? First, I notice that God spoke to them all in the quiet. Secondly, they heard what was said and they were open to God interrupting their daily routine. And thirdly, they all responded with:
- obedience to do what was asked of them,
- faith to accept the words as truth, even if they didn’t fully understand it,
- and grace. They didn’t freak out and they didn’t get frustrated by the ‘interruption’.
So I ask myself, would I respond in the same way? Can I slow down – even in the busy Christmas season – to be quiet and spend time with Him, so I can hear His voice when He chooses to speak to me? Am I open to God interrupting my daily routine? And lastly, but most importantly, would I be obedient to change my course and head towards what He is pointing me to? Things from the Christmas story that I’m considering today.
What about you? Is there something that God is teaching or showing you in this Season of Hope?