12/22/15

Delight: Someone Like Me

We cannot believe that Christmas is this week! It seems like just yesterday the leaves on the trees were turning orange and yellow and we were breaking out the autumn wardrobe. Now here it is in all its glittery, warm splendor! And if we're being completely honest, you've got like, 2 days to get your shopping done, so you better hustle guys.

Today we're going to visit the Christmas story as a whole. We've talked about trusting in God and we've talked about God's plan being more than we can imagine or explain, and today we're going to talk about the beauty of the gift of a Savior. How amazing is it that our God (an all-mighty, loving, glorious God) came in the form of an infant in a very ordinary way to save us all? It took a lot of faith, especially for Mary and Joseph, to believe that this was how God would save his people. And once again, in such an ordinary way. That seems to be God's favorite way of doing things in the Bible, and personally I love it! He does amazing, almost unbelievable things with ordinary people. People like you and me. God is so creative. 


Mary, a young girl who was engaged. Joseph, a carpenter and simple man. Shepherds that were minding their own business probably counting down the hours until they could go home and get in bed. Wise men, scholars and thinkers who were not expecting to meet the world's Savior. A man that owned an inn and could only offer his stable to this poor, young pregnant couple. All these people played a part in the coming of our King and not one of them walked around proclaiming how rich he was or how educated he was or how important he was. They were just ordinary people used by God for an amazing part of His plan. People like you and me. 

I don't know about you, but there are some mornings that I wake up and I'm just annoyed. With everything. "This coffee is meh. This weather is gross. I didn't get enough sleep. I have nothing to wear. I'm late for work. I hate today. What is wrong with me? What the heck is going on with my hair today. Maybe I should take another shower. Gross. Ugh. What is wrong with me? I want to get back in bed." Anyone else have days like that? I'll be honest, today started out like that for me. It's cold and rainy and they're doing a ton of construction on my street so I was woken up earlier than I wanted to be. Then I drove all the way to work only to find out that my shift doesn't start until this afternoon so I drove all the way home. I had every right to be annoyed and frustrated, but as I began to write today's devotional I realized that by getting up early and starting my day before I planned to, I was able to spend some time in God's word, drink a cup of tea, and even bake a batch of gingerbread cookies! So instead of getting mad and being mopey all day, I'm deciding to take things as they come and trust that God knows what He is doing. In fact, today I've already learned that I am in control of my mood. And who knows? Later today something might happen that otherwise wouldn't if I was being a grouch. Imagine if Mary and Joseph were annoyed with the situation and said "No visitors" to the shepherds that had walked all the way to meet their king. 

Imagine if Mary was cranky and Joseph began to argue with her and after baby Jesus was born the whole place was tense. I don't think that would have made things any easier on anyone! So with each ordinary situation, we need to expect God to have a plan, to know what He's doing. When we adopt this attitude, I believe that things will go much easier, and we'll start to see ourselves as someone that can be used by God.

Thank you so much for following along with us through our journey of Advent, a time to celebrate and reflect. We wish you a happy holiday and a bright new year!

-Natalie and Kimberly

*Delight Devotional will pick back up January 5th*

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