Happy Thursday! I hope you’re enjoying these posts as much as I am! Today, I’m so excited to feature speaker, author, and friend, Trish Ryan. I fell in love with Trish when I read her first book, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, then was fortunate enough to be able to meet her when she spoke at a Changing Seasons event, and now I feel incredibly grateful to be able to call her a friend. She is real, she is relatable, and incredibly refreshing. Here’s Trish!!
Confession: Had I lived in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, I would not have been one of the people who “got it.” Even in the unlikely event that I DID recognize this tiny child as our world’s Savior, I suspect that the snarky side of me would have mumbled something like, “That’s great and all, but it will still be another 30 years before anything big happens…”
It can be tough to sustain hope, and when the answer to my prayers comes in the form of a small hint of possibility (rather than the big TA-DA! I had in mind) I don’t always know how to respond.
I don’t think I’m alone in looking at the beginnings of God’s answers and thinking, “Really? That’s it?” But God is not daunted by my snarkiness. Each year, as I attempt to celebrate Christmas, God invites me (and us) to see more than what is apparent. He offers me spiritual vision—His vision—to behold the things around me in a different, fuller way, and to receive His understanding about what they mean.
It’s exciting and scary all at the same time. The enemy of our souls loves to taunt us with “evidence” that our hope is futile, that God has lost our file. And yet Christmas is the time when God says, “Come now…don’t believe that nonsense. Here is the way, this is the truth, and here is new life. Keep following…we’re headed somewhere important.”
My favorite Christmas verse this year comes from Paul (a guy who had been wrestling with the meaning of God’s promises for awhile) as he encouraged his friends to believe:
“’No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’ but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
This Christmas, I’m asking God to help me believe what He is revealing to me.
Hear more from Trish at her regular blogging home, A Maze Of Grace.