When our youngest grandson was born I decided to keep our decades old fragile ceramic nativity set packed away. I purchased this child's wooden nativity set because I wanted it to be accessible for our grandson to touch. I wanted him to be able to handle these symbols of the reason for the season as we read and talked about the in real life events they represented.
In the best news that ever was or ever will be, God was made accessible to you and I when Christ was born. He is "Immanuel", God with us. The thought is mind boggling. The Creator of all that we see, the One Who had no beginning and has no end, the Holy, Perfect, Righteous God became flesh and blood, became one of us, so that He could be with us and we could be with Him.
As I journey through this Advent season, culminating in the celebration of Christ's birth on Christmas Day, I want this season to be more than just a time to rejoice that on a set day in human history, in the fullness of time in God's eternal plan, His Son was born as a human baby. I want this season to be a celebration that He is God with me in my here and now, in the everydayness of my ordinary life. I want to experience His nearness in my reality, in the early morning quiet with my cup of coffee and Bible and in the busyness of my day as a ministry wife, mama and nana. Yes, Christ came at a specific time in history, but He is still coming, still showing up in my here and now. I want to be more aware of that this advent season. I want to be accessible to the presence of the One Who became accessible for me.