Finding God in the Middle of My Everyday


Chosen. The cast of characters in the Christmas story.
Chosen. A seemingly motly crew.
Chosen. Outsiders.
For the work that God the Father had planned from the very beginning of time.
His time.
Chosen were Zechariah and Elizabeth. To bear the child that would help usher in the earthly ministry of Messiah by preparing the people’s hearts. Turning the hearts of the people towards this God who had been promising a Messiah for centuries.
Their years of waiting for a child to come forth was rewarded to them as God not only gave them that long hoped for child but a special one at that. One brought forth for His divine purpose.
His many years of No to them culminated in a bigger Yes. (As author Madelaine L’Engle says of our God.)
God’s No’s lead to a bigger Yes.
Chosen were Mary and Joseph. To be the earthly parents, guardians of the Christ child, of the Messiah.
Mary and Joseph’s seemingly planned out life was suddenly interrupted by the God of the Universe. Culture would have them wed at this early age for the sole purpose of birthing the next generation of Josephs and Marys. But God’s plans prevailed as they said Yes to His Yes.
They would enter into God’s plans and do so with integrity and joy.
Chosen were the sheepherders to participate in the revealing of this great news that the King had been born.
Their years and calling as shepherds, their daily duties, daily grind, work, work and no play was interrupted. Suddenly. They had their night of nights as an angel appeared with the announcement of all announcements.:
Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you are to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in an animal’s trough.
And along with that awesome sudden terrifying interruption to their daily grind, appeared a choir of thousands of voices. A ‘surround sound’ like no other!
These outsiders.
And there were more. Such as the men from the east, the astronomers, known to us as the Wise Men.
Anna and Simeon, the old man in the temple who lived in prayerful expectancy that Israel would be redeemed and he would see the Messiah before he died. And Anna the prophetess, a widow of 84 years who had spent those years living in the temple also waiting to see Messiah.
A bunch of characters, common laborers, outsiders from another country. All were chosen.
And so are you. God chooses you to participate with Him in His plans.
Will you participate?
Will you report to duty?
Let’s start today, this Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas Everyone!


Comments on: "Chosen" (1)

  1. O Come, let us all adore Him! Christ the King!

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