Now What? Post Christmas
Christmas wrap scattered, plates of cookies holding just crumbs, dinner plates drying on the counter, Kohls ‘After Christmas Sale’ screaming on the television. The day after. It can be a bit of a let down with all the busy bustling prior. “Now what?” With the twinkling lights and faint songs of Majestic Baby Jesus, Christmas is a LONG count away on the calendar now. May we calm our heart and see Him, still here, always.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government shall be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6)
Isaiah prophetically describes Jesus with beautiful strong attributes. He is Wonderful, Mighty and Everlasting. Everlasting, we all have this thing about ‘time’, I know I do, I am not necessarily patient with ‘time’. Yet, time is a divine issue. Ecc 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time, He has also set eternity in the hearts of man. They can not fathom what God has done beginning to end.”
Everlasting Father, meaning God is not limited to the present. The word picture is this: His everlasting faithfulness and goodness to us.. follows us.. is here with us, precedes us. It is progressive. I see it like one of those funny long conveyor belt ‘walking spaces’ at the airport, where all you have to do is step on it and off you go, it is moving ahead of you, moving where you are, and moving behind you. In a sense the ‘everlasting’ walking space. THAT is our God, He is here and behind us, and ahead of us. Ever try to go back? What a waste of energy! It was designed to go forward.
Psalm. 23:6 David says so poetically “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.’ The word he uses for ‘follow’ is NOT a meandering behind, it literally means ‘pursue’. God PURSUES you, God pursues DeDe with His goodness and mercy. (Golly I love my assignment!)
According to Hebrew definition, culture and tradition, Everlasting Father, can also be rendered as the ‘Decider’, the one whom we would go to when a decision needs to be made with wisdom and experience.
In this post Christmas season and a new year fast approaching, may we truly see Him, as MY Everlasting Father. The one whom directs and decides my ‘walking space’, all I have to do is step on (and no trying to R-U-N back) Who was with me and here NOW, the ever-present Presence. He pursues me with His committed love, His promises, His extended grace, and mercy. The author of Hebrews writes “… he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him“. Heb. 11:6 (KJV) He is. THIS season of my life… God is. Wisdom needed… God is. In my personal challenges… God is. Tomorrows concerns… God is.
My Everlasting Father.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)