“And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end..” Luke [1:30]-33
Imagine the experience of wonder in Mary’s heart during the next nine months.
Much of the current Christmas experience is the anticipation. Seemingly earlier every year, store decorations and advertisements build the spirit of excitement. Calendars begin to be filled with school events, family gatherings, work parties and church celebrations. Kids begin to wonder what they may receive, while adults wonder how they will make everything fit during these fleeting days of December.
Mary’s anticipation was doubtlessly different. The wonder of how this could be true, how she could have been chosen, how she could parent the Son of God, and what this endless kingdom would be like overwhelmed her heart as she pondered these things.
Intentionally focus your heart on the wonder of Jesus. Schedule your days with the priority of Scripture and reflection so that the busyness of the season doesn’t reign in your life. Schedule now those experiences that will encourage the proper spirit of wonder. Ask God to lead you to a person you can serve to encourage the spiritual wonder in their heart.
Heavenly Father, protect me from the tendency to get caught up with events and experiences that detract from the celebration of “God with us.” Give me courage to pursue a heart of worship this Christmas. Amen.