Just when you thought the days of Sparkle were over, we continue on, pressing towards the end of the year, looking for the light, bright spots and things to be grateful for. Some are still celebrating with family and friends, others are packing up Christmas until next year. But all of us need to remember who this Christ Child came to be in our every day lives. The love of Christ, the faithfulness of the Savior extends past the Christmas season and into our normal, often boring, routine lives.
I get reflective as the year ends. This time last year I was feeling terrible. Still healing from radiation and beginning to take Tamoxifen, my body felt wrecked. What a difference a year makes. As I reflect on suffering my mind goes to three years ago when at the end of the year I was facing transition, personal loneliness, loss of friendships and deep emotional pain. Only God knew all that was behind the deep pain, and thankfully He was using it to shape me. I just couldn’t see it at the time. Just as I couldn’t see what a gift cancer would end up being in my life.
I didn’t know that suffering could be, was meant to be, a gift promised to change us and produce something beautiful within us. Suffering of any kind, rubs the hard spots soft, files off the edges of our hearts in a way that changes us forever. And, as I reflect on the Christ Child I am reminded of who God sent for us as proclaimed in Isaiah.
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Today finds us reflecting on just one: Mighty God.
“And He will be called Mighty God…” Isaiah 9:6
Mighty comes from the Hebrew word gibbor, which means powerful, warrior, champion, chief, giant, strong. We can say with confidence, ” He is my powerful God, a warrior, and a champion. He is my giant God and my strong God!
Mighty is described in a dictionary as vast, huge or jumbo.
Today I am thankful that I have a jumbo powerful God to trust and surrender my life to. He is faithful in the every day places and in all of our seasons. Praise Him today. Thank God that He sent a Son that would be called, Mighty God!
finding Joy in Jesus today,