The Small Things of Christmas

Paul addresses a theme throughout the whole Bible when he says, “God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1 Cor 1:27). This theme is undeniably seen in the birth of Christ. The Christmas story is well known and also encouraging. For years Israel waited and waited for their Messiah. Finally, the silence was broken at the cry of their Redeemer. And how did he come? As a baby.  

A little baby is the reason we rejoice this season. Emmanuel, God with Us, came as a little child, and there was much rejoicing. The angels rejoiced. The shepherds rejoiced. The wise men rejoiced, traveling far to present Jesus with lavish gifts to honor him. There had never been nor ever will be someone born with such great expectations as Jesus. Possessing all the fullness of God, Jesus came quietly and humbly as a baby.

The birth of Jesus should reassure us that God’s will and plan for our lives may not be written in the clouds or shouted from the pages of your Bible. Maybe God’s plan for you right now is to wait, like it was for Israel for hundreds of years. Maybe his plan is a gentle nudge in a certain direction—a quiet, still prodding toward a small choice. We are assured that God uses the smallest of things to make the greatest of impacts, like the birth of Jesus. And his humble birth led to his humble—even humiliating—death that we might be saved.

As I’ve considered Christ’s small beginning, I’ve found little things to be thankful for this Christmas. One of these things I’ve delighted in is time. I’m thankful for the time that my job has given me off work. There’s no reason I deserve this time off on Christmas, but I’m so thankful that we can have a time of rest, fun, and meditation on Christ’s birth.

Sharing these little blessings with each other can be encouraging. I find God uses the stories of others to develop a spirit of thankfulness in me. As you meditate on the birth of the Christ this season, enjoy the little things. Things that God could use as enormous blessings beyond what we could have imagined.