I love this video and the perspective it gives us on Christmas. Hearing the Christmas story my whole life, I tend to picture Mary and Joseph walking through the streets of Bethlehem with a saintly glow, while people around them move aside in awe and wonder. But the reality is, they were two very scared teenagers in an unfamiliar city with nothing but their faith and a promise from God to hold onto.
I wonder if this was happening today, how would I react? Would I stop and offer them help? Would I welcome them into my home and give up my bed to them? Or would I look down on them, assuming they were two kids who made some bad choices and walk away?
So many times we are looking for God only in the spectacular or miraculous and we actually miss the supernatural. We miss what God is doing around us or the opportunities He has put in front of us because they may seem small or insignificant, but I firmly believe that where we seemingly see God moving the least is actually where He is doing the most!
We need to remember that the birth of Christ was an amazing day that signaled a new hope for the World, but it was not the end of the story. It was the beginning of an incredible plan God has for this World, a plan that is still moving forward, a plan that you and I have a key role to fill. You and I are the instruments the Lord has chosen to spread the truth and love behind the Christmas story. We have been chosen to be a part of radically changing the world around us.
My prayer for you this Christmas season is that you would walk with open spiritual eyes, seeing the hand of God in everything happening around you. That you would move through your world with an open heart and spirit, ready to partner with The Lord to bring life, hope and love to the people around you.
Ps. Niles Holsinger
Director, World Prayer Team