God With Us

Staff_team_2015 Posted by Jenny Christie on Wed, 23 Dec 2015 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

While we have all been doing a lot of waiting during Advent, I have been pondering this notion of God being with us.

At Impact, CMSI’s annual celebration event, Jenny Smyth told a wonderful anecdote of a little boy lying in his bed one night during a wild storm that was whipping round his windows. He was frightened and called out to his mother down the corridor, “Mummy, I’m scared.” His mother told him not to be frightened, that it was just a storm and to try to go back to sleep.

After a while, the boy cried out again and his mother told him not to be afraid because God was right there with him. After a few minutes, the little boy cried out again, “Mummy, I just need someone with skin on!”

Jenny reminded us how, in Jesus, God did just that…He came to us with skin on: a living, breathing, growing, touching, understanding, listening, talking God who showed us Himself and was with us.

Over the last few days, I have been personally struck by the frailty of the nativity scene. A tiny, vulnerable, shamed family beginning, yet one that housed all the power, light, wisdom, hope and love the nations could ever need.

I love that God entrusted His own son, as an embryo and then a new born baby, to ordinary, faithful people like Mary and Joseph. These two were as helpless as any of us might have been and yet God worked with them and through them, as we are told He did with the disciples after Jesus returns to heaven (Mark 16:20).

God does not leave any of us to do anything alone – He is with us – here and now. When I’m in the midst of challenging situations, I often imagine how things would be if Jesus actually appeared, physically, beside me. I then remember that He is – His spirit is with me urging, encouraging, chiding, leading, developing me into His likeness. Indeed…

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

On that day, the glory of the angels singing over the hills of Bethlehem, will be repeated and multiplied on a tremendous scale. We will again be with God but in a wonderful, new and perfect way. Pain, struggle, worry – indeed many of the sad and dreadful happenings we hear from our Global Partners – will be over. What hope!

So as we sing our beautiful carols this Christmas season, let’s really sing forward to a day of safety when the whole of heaven and earth will be filled with the most joyful and beautiful harmonies. I can’t wait to see who will be standing around me! And we’ll all be in great voice that day as we are finally with Him and like Him forever.

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