Over the last two years I have lost over 60 pounds by logging my food each day and making healthy choices. But my weight loss progress had stalled for several months and discouragement settled in. Because of recent arthritis flare-ups which limited my mobility, the pounds began creeping back and with the diet-derailing holidays upon us, I knew I needed help to stay focused to prevent complete diet failure.
Just a simple pop-it-out and pop-the-new-one-in type task, right? Nope! After installing the cartridge, I got an error message about the printhead being loose. Four times I had to lift the housing of the printer and remove the cartridges and the printhead to reinstall them. Though I did it right, the error message persisted.
Thank You LORD!
“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30-33 NIV
One of the things I love about the Christmas story is the way God uses the weak, the small and insignificant things of the world to glorify his name. Mary was a teenage girl, a virgin. She was to marry a carpenter, not a rich man by any means. Yet God chose her to be the mother of Christ who came in the form of a helpless infant. They lived in the small town of Nazareth and made a long journey to another small town, Bethehem, where Jesus was born in a stable – not the place we would expect a King to be born. On the night of his birth, his only recorded visitors were shepherds who were working on a nearby hillside outside the city. The priests and rulers of his own people never bothered to seek out this insignificant child until a group of foreign dignitaries came to visit several months later.
None of the characters or events of this story are remarkable in themselves. But when assembled together, you see the whole picture – a powerful God orchestrating ordinary details to fulfill all the prophecies about the coming of his precious Son who would save the world!
The Christmas story gives me great hope because it reminds me that my life is made up of a series of seemingly unremarkable events which are influenced by many ordinary people. Yet, when put all together and viewed through the Holy Spirit’s eyes, I can see the divine hand of God leading me in remarkable ways on a very incredible journey. It gives me a new perspective on the value God places on my life.
Whenever you are tempted to lapse into your own personal pity party or to listen to the defeated one’s lies that you are ordinary, not good enough or too young, too small, too insignificant, etc., remember Christmas. Ask the Lord to help you put the events and people of your life into perspective. As you pray over this list, you will begin to see a deliberate work of God as he pieces together the story of your life and polishes it to shine for him!
There is power in stories. They capture our attention, teach us life lessons and even let us know we're not alone in our difficult circumstances or emotional upheavals.
Let God minister hope and healing to your heart through the stories of others - whether they are Bible women, historical figures or even fictional characters whose lives are based in truth.
He has a message for you today!