Jamie Fuller, Servant Coordinator
A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Mike preached on the story of Zechariah and challenged us to pay attention to how God speaks to us in our brokenness this Christmas. I was reminded of a moment when God spoke to me in my own brokenness.
It happened last year, right before midnight on Christmas Eve. A few months prior, my son had constructed a cross out of tree limbs and we placed it in our back yard. My husband surprised me and decided to light it up for Christmas.
The room where we place our Christmas tree is surrounded by lots of windows. If you look out one of those windows you get a clear view of the lighted cross. I was sitting in that room alone, remembering and missing my dad who had passed away suddenly just a few short months before. It felt like a sad Christmas, and in that moment and I prayed that I would just feel God near.
I looked out the window to my left at the lighted cross and it was so beautiful I wanted to take a picture of it with my phone. I snapped the photo and when I looked at the image, what appeared was both the lighted cross and the reflection of the Christmas tree merged into one picture. Because of the reflection of the windows, the cross was right in the middle of the tree.
It was as if God said, “Behold, I am with you.”
This Christmas you may find yourself in a similar situation. Whether it’s death of a loved one, illness, battling sin or discouragement, you can know Immanuel-God with us.
First, take time to behold.
To behold means to see, observe, view, look at, watch, survey, witness, gaze at/upon, regard, or contemplate.
At the announcement of Jesus birth, the angel says, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1:23
…and then again, in the very last verse of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus reiterates this same promise about Himself: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
He tells us, Behold, I AM IMMANUEL… ALWAYS.
I’m praying for you. I may not know you by name, but I know that you or someone you know is broken and needs this reminder.
What He says is true.
Look for Him and you will find Him. He is near. He is Immanuel, always.