I LOVE Christmas! For most of us, I am guessing the feeling is mutual. That is, if you can find the simple message of love underneath all the layers of noise and clutter that our culture has added.
As I have taken some moments to meditate on Jesus, the most precious gift Papa God ever gave, I have been astounded by God’s nature revealed in the way He presents this indescribable gift. He is a God of the process.
Let me explain what I mean. When God planned to save the world, He could have done so in an instant, but He didn’t. Instead, He came to a virgin and told her she would conceive. He set in motion a process that would eventually lead to the salvation of mankind.
Likewise, each of us is born with a divine purpose. God had a specific plan in mind when He created us. Psalm 139 says that before we were born, every day of our lives was already recorded in His book. He could so easily accomplish that purpose all on His own, but instead He created you so that His purpose could be fulfilled through partnership and process.
So what does this mean for us? First, I think it is time for us to lay aside the burden of trying to be perfect for everyone at every moment. That pressure was never meant for you to carry. Instead, love the one in front of you with the love of the Father.
We need to give ourselves some grace. In our pursuit of God and His purpose for our lives, we will make mistakes. But God is okay with process. In fact, He takes joy in it, and so should we. Mistakes are not who we are, they are part of the beauty of learning and growing.
We need to give others grace as well. Acknowledge that the people around you are in process too. Celebrate their progress, and in doing so, propel them towards God’s perfect plan for their lives. Our husbands and children especially need this from us.
This Christmas season, let’s rejoice in the God of process. It’s not always comfortable and there is often waiting involved, but there is joy in knowing that as we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead, His plan and purpose is being completed in us.
God, Your ways are so much higher than our ways. Give us the strength to not only trust you in the process, but to celebrate the progress along the way knowing that you make all things beautiful in Your time. Thank you for the gift of Jesus!