I’ve been a sorry blogger lately, but IT IS ADVENT SEASON, so I am BACK!!!
I can’t resist the allure of blogging when Christmas songs are ringing in my ears and tree lights are sparkling in my living room like a thousand tiny shards of the original Bethlehem star.
I love it that my hardest season of 2010 has become the reason my heart is on fire in 2011. The ache of waiting for Amelia to join our family last year was echoed… even beautifully overshadowed… by the groans of creation waiting for her Savior. Christ came, He is coming again, and there is new meaning to every painful wait we endure on this planet.
Last week, Brad preached at our church’s Orphan Sunday event. (If someone had told me three years ago when we started the adoption process that we would soon be having an entire orphan event at our church, you would have had to pinch me!) Brad gave a powerful challenge to the husbands in our congregation. In the foster care/ adoption/ orphan care world, husbands get the bad wrap as being the reluctant ones of the family. They are scared about practical matters… if they take a risk to care for orphans, will they still be able to properly provide for their family?
Because it is Advent season, this talk about reluctant husbands led me to thinking about Joseph, the adoptive father of Christ. What if Joseph had been practical? What if, upon finding out that his fiance was knocked up, he’d decided to call the wedding off? Sounds practical to me. What if he’d heeded the advice of well-meaning family and loving friends and left Mary for a woman who seemed less likely to cheat? What if he had done the “wise” thing that made the most sense… and missed out on the birth of the Son of God?
I wonder what Joseph was thinking on the night of Jesus’ birth. He’d given up on practicality. He risked reputation (and a broken heart) in favor of believing the impossible — that his fiance was a pregnant virgin, and that the child she bore was the Christ. And so he found himself in a stable in another town, helping the girl he’d never touched sexually deliver a baby he’d love as his own.
It is mind blowing.
It is not practical.
And so during this Advent season — the season of miracles — can the first miracle be in our own hearts? Can we stop putting our faith in circumstances… in evidence… in the wisdom of this world… and instead embrace the truths, commands, and promises of Christ?
I pray that we will!