Can you imagine for just one moment what it would have been like to gaze into the eyes of Jesus as a newborn infant? What would it have felt like to hold him? What if you were the one who could soothe is crying for just a moment? Suppose you had traveled days to be in his very presence? What would be your anticipation level as you ponder the thoughts of holding the New Born King in your arms?
When Jesus was born all heaven and earth rejoiced at the birth. Many came from miles and miles away just to get one peek at this wonder. Can you imagine if you were in that stable gazing upon the infant child who was going to save the world and Mary picked you out of the crowd and asked you to hold him? The sheer excitement of the moment…
UNTIL THIS HAPPENS:
What if I accidentally drop him?
What if he screams the moment I take him?
Am I even worthy of this?
Am I good enough to hold this precious child?
Suddenly like a flood you are filled with a bazillion insecurities and instead of responding to Mary with great joy and excitement you wonder why she even picked you to hold him in the first place. Because of the circumstances of your life you feel so inadequate in the moment. So defeated by your own malicious thoughts that you begin to believe that the King of the world would want nothing to do with you.
So many of us have this defeated mentality when it comes to Jesus. We often shy away from opportunities of intimacy with God because we feel unworthy, unloved, unwanted, undesired and unable to connect. God created us for worship. He created us for an intimate relationship. What happened? Where is the disconnect? The very being who will accept us for who were are is the very one we run from because of our insecurities and wounds.
Well friends, Jesus came to take all of that away. He came to wipe every tear. He arrived in a quiet intimate setting as an invitation to those who felt unworthy. His very presence in that lowly stable invited even the humblest person to seek Him. He was not born in a palace where rules and regulations would have kept many from even seeing Him. No, He was born in a place where there was an open invitation from the heavens.
Will you meet me in the stable this year? Will you come witness the most intimate birth in the history of the world? Will you allow yourself to feel worthy, loved, accepted and wanted just long enough for the Newborn King to smile at you and let you feel safe?
Dear Lord, Will You help each of us to visualize ourselves at the foot of the manger. Help us to see the love and acceptance in that tiny humble stable setting. We thank you for loving us all right where we are with no reservations. We invite you into our insecurities and wounds so we may have a true intimate relationship with You. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen