This year as we waited for Christmas, our family had our own season of waiting. We’re anticipating the arrival of our first grandchild. The due date has passed. We all know babies have their own, God ordained time schedule. Even the medical profession humbly waits for the completion of it. I’ve been surprised how much my mind has been consumed by thoughts of this new little one. It has made me wonder about Mary, anticipating a special birth, so long ago.
I can’t begin to comprehend all that she faced, traveling in such primitive times, facing the anxiety of a first delivery, in an unknown venue. However, I am certain it was a girlish, yet mothering heart that pondered what was to come. 2000 years later, a mother’s heart can relate to the mixed emotions of the ninth month. And yet, I wonder at the added element of anticipating the birth of the Saviour of the World. He would be called Emmanuel, God with us.
Mary entered into this time of delivery with the presence of God within her. Giving birth to her son, she came face to face with the face of God. I do wonder… how much did she understand about this sweet baby Jesus, who nursed at her breast, whose diapers she changed? In many ways it’s a little like our lack of understanding as we consider the miracle of God coming to earth, to dwell among men.
The Bible says: The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) Yet, we so often fail to see God in the midst of our labour, in the midst of our pain, even in the midst of our comfort and joy.
Christmas day has already come and gone; however, the reality of His presence continues. May you know God’s presence this week as you reflect on His gift of coming to you. Seek Him in His Word. He is Emmanuel ~ God with us!