Christmas: The Part of The Whole

“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT

Why do you celebrate Christmas?

I ask myself this question also because even though I know we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, I wonder if that all there is to Christmas.

As I pondered more deeply on this question, I bring my thoughts back to the question of why Jesus had to come to the world in the first place – the fall of man in the garden of Eden, and God’s ultimate plan for redemption and reconciling us back to God.

And honestly, all I could see was the kind of master planner God is. God knew ahead that man would mess things up, and He made provision for that. The birth of Jesus was not just some random afterthought, it was part of God’s grand plan to bring us back to fellowship with Him.

Think of this verse, for example, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 NIV)

As I began to think deeply about this, I was so thankful to God for His plans for humanity and His love for us that undergirded that plan that He made available to us.

As I went a little further with my thoughts, I immediately began to think of my own paths in life.

Have I always trusted God with my paths? Am I thankful to God because I trust Him and see His hands through every step and stop of my life? Do I even believe and trust in His love that I am not only willing to embrace His plan for humanity as a whole, but for me as an individual?

This gave me pause because I realized how easy it is for me to accept God’s grand plan for the world than it is for me to accept His plans for me. Why can I not trust Him for my life through His Word that says, “The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8 NLT)?

In this season of Christmas, when we spend time reflecting on Jesus as the reason we celebrate, are you going to be willing to surrender to His will for you? Will you believe that He has good plans for your life? Will you trust that He loves you so much more than you could ever wrap your mind around?

How can you leave your worries and anxieties in the season, and believe that if God could work through thousands of years to lead to the coming of Jesus as our Saviour, He can definitely plan something like the pieces of your own life?

This is a lesson I am trusting God to teach me more of in this season, and I hope you will embrace the same lesson too. I am choosing to hold on to His Word and believe the Scriptures that say, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).

Love,

Oluseye and the Help Club for Moms Team

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