When I pull up my blog’s home page, I realize it’s been 104 days since my last blog post. Maybe you’ve noticed; maybe not.
It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, or even that I haven’t tried. It’s just that I don’t know how. It seems anything significant enough to share loses all significance in comparison to my last several posts. I wrote about the loss of my grandfather. I wrote about others less fortunate than myself, and the loss of little man. All fresh wounds this holiday season. There are Christmas tables all around the world with one less chair at them this year.
I lost three loved ones in 2015, and I have comforted multiple others who parted with a relative or friend. What could I possibly write about that could come after such a loss?
But after some reflection and good conversation with multiple good-hearted people, it dawned on me that life is full of what appears to be insignificant moments. But if you stop and think about it, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
God intricately designed the birth of a baby boy who would one day save the world. But His birth was in a seemingly-insignificant town, from a seemingly-insignificant mother, on an effortlessly-insignificant night. When we focus only on the big picture we see that “God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son,” (John 3:16). But, when we study the story of our savior’s birth, we find a detailed God. A mighty God that chose to reflect Himself in even the most “insignificant” ways. He went as far as choosing an “insignificant” shepherd boy to rule His nation. And from this “insignificant” bloodline would come the savior of the world. “Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot- Yes. A new branch bearing fruit from the old root,” (Isaiah 11:1).
So, for anyone struggling with insignificance… maybe in your day to day… or maybe in your “big picture,” remember your God is mighty and powerful, but don’t forget how intricate and detailed He is too.
And if you lost a loved one this year, I pray for extra Christmas cheer for you. It is what he or she would have wanted for you. Celebrate life… the life of our Savior, and the life of your loved one.
Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All. – Sarah