Sunday, December 9, 2012
Seeing Glimpses of God this Christmas
“Do not I fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.”
We all want Christmas to be a joyful, happy time, but that may be difficult. Pain can dampen our spirits and limit activities. The self-absorbed mindset of our society tries to rob Christmas of its true meaning long before the month of December. Finances, relationships, or circumstances can contribute to a less than joyful mindset. When bombarded by these negative conditions, it is easy to feel not only a loss of joy but even a loss of God’s presence during this special time of year.
I came across a quote from C.S. Lewis that prompted me to look at things differently: “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him.” I started looking for signs of God’s presence even through the commercialism and pain, and I found them.
I heard sacred Christmas songs playing throughout the mall and in other secular settings. People who may speak God’s name only in cursing were proclaiming Him Savior – a foretaste of the day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord. A major store set up a huge nativity display on a heavily trafficked road in our city. Although in discomfort, I was able to see God’s handiwork in nature while visiting some spectacular Christmas gardens and to take a walk one night under a gorgeous full moon.
Our world may be crowded with pain, suffering, and materialism, but God is still here. As I make a conscious effort to see signs of Him during this holiday season, His Spirit revives my joy. It is not a joy based on how I feel or what I have. It is a joy based on the wonder of an eternal God who visited this earth in human form, whose Spirit now dwells in His people, and who will one day return in glory to reign in that perfect world I so long for now. So look for Him - if you seek Him you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
Prayer: O Lord, wherever I am and whatever I am experiencing this Christmas season, give me eyes to see glimpses of You. Amen.