Guess what?? Christmas is only 4 Mondays away! I don’t know about you, but Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday. I love the lights, the music, and the joy that fills the season. One of the things I love most about Christmas though, is the hope that it brings in a season where not much around us is vibrant and full of life. All the pretty colours of fall have passed, and we’re a long way from spring, yet there is still a feeling that something new and amazing is coming.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to the song Seasons by Hillsong Worship (linked). The song is based off the idea of winter as a season we go through in life. During winter everything feels dreary and nothing really grows. But, way back in the Old Testament, God sent a rainbow with a promise. Not just to never flood the earth again, but in Genesis 8:22, God says: “For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never stop.” The chorus of Seasons illustrates this in a really cool way by saying that God’s promises to us are like seeds. The season where those will grow is always going to come.
Something I can’t help but notice is that year after year, I find I wait for the joy of Christmas to be the hope in the craziness of life. I think that if we were as excited about seeking Jesus in all seasons of our lives, as we are at Christmas, we would find that joy isn’t tied to warm fuzzy feelings, but to Jesus himself. I think maybe we’d find that our “winter” seasons with God, aren’t winter at all, but simply God working in different ways.
I mean, God promised a saviour. God could have saved humanity in a second. Instead, He sent a baby, born in a manger of all things, and this baby was to be called King. Most of us would probably think God was just playing, and that something bigger and better would be in store for when the saviour arrived. Once we start to seek out God’s nature in that story though, we see that His promise to us was fulfilled.
... joy isn't tied to warm fuzzy feelings, but to Jesus himself.
I’m praying for all of you and I hope you all have an amazing month of Christmas ;)