Amazing Christmas

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by Sherry Chamblee

Christmas amazes me, every time I sit and think about it. God Himself fashioning Himself in the form of man and coming to be born, to live, and to die for our sakes… isn’t that amazing? What a massive change that would have been for Christ. While I understand He’s eternal, for Him nothing is new. And yet to us, to our flawed human perception, Christ-as-a-child was going through extensive differences in His surroundings when He came to earth.

We’re coming up to some major changes in our life as a family right now. Like life-altering, everything being different sort of changes.  

I don’t really know how to comprehend that. I’m used to being able to see ahead a bit, to navigate my path by sight – as in mental sight. I can see what’s coming next a good portion of the time. So in those times when I cannot see it, I’m thrown. I feel rocked, even though nothing has actually changed yet. Just the anticipation of the changes coming is enough to make me feel at odds. I’m feeling vulnerable.

Then I started thinking, and something struck me in particular about Christmas this year. God not only came to live alongside us, but God put Himself in the hands of mankind. He placed Himself at our mercy. He created a situation in which humanity was tasked with caring for Him, rather than Him caring for these humans. His humanity came to earth in a vulnerable state. 

This is tricky wording here, and I don’t mean to claim that God was dependent on anyone else for His actual wellbeing, but in a sense, He made Himself vulnerable. He put Himself at the mercy of Mary and Joseph, and He left it to them to care for Himself during her pregnancy, their flight from Bethlehem to Egypt, their journey back to Nazareth, and all the years leading up to the beginning of His ministry.  

He did that on purpose. It was all part of His plan. Doesn’t that amaze you?

So while change is frightening, being vulnerable is risky, I can take solace in knowing that God has it all planned out. Whatever it is, God will have something to His glory in anything that happens to us. It might come years from now, it might come tomorrow, but He will be glorified, and His kingdom will be advanced.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

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