I may have mentioned in some of my previous posts that my son plays tennis competitively and he loves it so much that he wants to make a living at it. He’s had many trials since he’s started playing and has had to overcome them all in his own way, no matter how much I tried to help. I was grateful when he did listen to me and I was actually able to help, but there were times when he didn’t listen to me and my help was no good.
He has since graduated high school and is preparing for college; still unsure whether he wants to play tennis for college or play professionally. He has that option, however hard of a road it may turn out to be, and he can absolutely pull it off if he remains faithful. We put limits on our abilities without realizing it, I believe, while God sees the enormous potential in each of us and stands by us during each trial.
On this day,we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through all the commercialism and the hype we have to trudge through, we take time to remember why this day is so special. It is the day that God showed His unconditional love for each of us. He sent His precious Son to live a life of example and honor to Him, so that each of us may have the Father/child relationship that we need and receive His limitless grace.
The trials that my son has been through are of no comparison to what Jesus went through but their faith is what guides the outcome. Mary’s faith in what the angel told her enabled her to endure Jesus’ trials and encourage Him in her own way. She believed she was helping Him and that in turn, helped her remain faithful. Why else would she tell the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus told them to do if they were to get more wine? She knew from the moment He was conceived He was the most important Person ever to be born and she meditated on that. In Luke 1, it says the “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” at the beginning of Jesus life and again at the end of His childhood. She watched Him grow in wisdom and must have grown in her faith while she watched Him, how else could she have endured watching the torture He endured for us?
We have access to that same strength as we practice our faith every day of every year, but especially on this day, Christmas. God is with us. We are each going through trials in this world, some are overwhelming and some are trivial, but the meditation of our hearts will dictate how strong we will be. If we meditate on the power of Jesus, then we won’t put limits on our own potential. We can overcome each trial because we have seen and believed how He overcame even more. We also will strengthen our faith for what’s to come, knowing that our time here on this earth is short and anticipating the final act of redemption in the banishing of the evil that prevails today. Hallelujah! All because of the birth of the Son of God, Jesus. Merry Christmas!