As we near the celebration of the infant’s birth, it’s worth noting, as Fred Craddock says, “God often disguises the good stuff.”
+ No one ever expected a fallible man from Ur to become the father of the faithful.
+ No one ever imagined an artsy shepherd boy would become king.
+ No one ever thought a worn-out prophet could change weather patterns through prayer.
+ No one ever dreamed of a beauty queen to rescue the Jewish people.
+ No one ever expected a jelly-covered baby would become the savior of the world.*
Scripture overflows with riddles and recurring patterns, cryptic imagery and clusters of symbols. God speaks in parables and parallels, figures of speech and layers of truth that take centuries to explore. Even the book of Revelation is written in the language of mystery.
The prophet Isaiah declares, “Yes, You are a God who hides Himself, God of Israel, Savior,” (Isaiah 45:15).
The hiddenness of God invites us to search and seek and squint for “the good stuff.” To pursue His presence and purposes—the unexpected ways He’s revealing his love and goodness in a sideways world.
In this final countdown to Christmas, I’m challenging you to press into Christ’s presence.
Ask God to show you not what you want to see, but what he wants to reveal.
Ask God to give you “the good stuff,” another stunning facet of Jesus you’ve never known before.
Ask him to give you Jesus anew.
All my love + Merry Christmas,
P.S. Those above are *Abraham, David, Elijah, Esther, Jesus* — I bet you can add some of your own :).