I have been a bit unsure to put it out there for various reasons but I want to encourage everyone to make the most of this year so… well, I better do it then!
Lets go back about a month and a half…
As Christmas was drawing near and we were preparing for Christmas at school I had a kind of revelation about faith and trust. I can’t quite remember what led up to this but I was left in awe of how trusting and faithful Mary and Joseph were when they were traveling for the census and Jesus was soon to be born. Imagine the feeling, they arrive heavy-laden and there is no place to go.
I mean huh? This was God’s only son – soon to be born!
What really stood out to me here so newly-afresh was that God still wanted them to trust him – trust Him – even to the point of staying in a manger. They were still challenged to go that extra step. He could have had it all sorted with servants and comfy beds but it wasn’t so for them.
Even the earthly parents of Jesus still had to exercise faith! That stood out to me. ‘Man, I so need to grow more…’ I thought at the time.
Tick, tick, tick. Time goes by.
I have this ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ wall hanging that I made when I was hmmm… maybe 15? So a while now (nearly half my life!) and it has been with me everywhere. I cherish it.
The week before Christmas a piece fell off.