Merry Christmas All!! Hope your day has been awesome!!
On this day in history (HIS-STORY), our savior was born. The light of the world entered into this sinful world as a baby. God sent his one and only son down on this earth in the form of a baby, The most simple yet marvelous ways God works. With the spirit of Christmas and Jesus being a baby and all, I thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on this child like faith God calls us to have. In the Bible app, today's verse is "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus, THE son of God, came down to this earth for us. This little baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger came down to save you and I. Like how incredible?!?
For the past month in Transit, where I am a middle school small group leader, we have been talking about the Trinity. One of the Sundays, we talked about Jesus and how can we relate to Him now. Our girls felt as if it was hard to relate to Jesus because He was perfect, but we later dove into that a little more. Kate, my co-leader, and I began to ask the girls what temptations they struggled with, and some temptations were lying, gossip, boys, and many more things that anyone struggles with. From there, we looked at different Bible stories and compared their temptations they have now to the ones Jesus dealt with. It really opened their eyes, but my eyes were also opened to the fact that yes Jesus is perfect but he still struggled with temptation. With His struggles with temptation, He showed us how to handle our struggles. Just a man did that. A baby born in a stable while there was no room in the inn became our savior who walked through temptations and struggles and died for us.
Going back to child like faith, I want to go back to that complete trust in God. Darren, our youth pastor, explains it so well by comparing it just to his little girls, and when they get tired, they ask Darren to hold them. So, go back to that faith in your Dad (Heavenly Father) and just let Him hold you. God knew exactly what He was doing when He decided to send Jesus as a baby into this world. God wanted us to have someone who we relate to on a certain level, and someone that serves as a middleman for God. When Jesus died on that cross for us, that vail fell. How marvelous. I don't know about you, but I need a savior to love me and pull me out of my struggles.
The little girl in the video is a chica de Costa Rica (a girl from Costa Rica). This video was taken when I went for the first time in 2015 and has continued to make an impact on my life ever since. Her beautiful voice and love for Jesus inspired me to follow Him even more. Her child like faith inspired me to be more open minded, trusting, and just to lift my arms to my Father in Heaven. He was thinking about me and you when He sent Jesus down to this earth as a little baby on this day thousands of years ago. If you haven't watched the full video yet, please do because her faith and passion for Jesus is contagious. Yes it is in Spanish, but just watch her and her love for Jesus.
My prayer for you and I is that today will be a start to our child like faith as we are remembering the birth of our savior.
Merry Christmas and love,