Christmas wrap, empty boxes and plates holding just cookie crumbs, oh and Kohls ‘After Christmas Sale’ screaming on the television. The day after. With all the prior busy bustling, we can be emotionally drained. “Now what?” With faint whispers of Away in the Manger, Christmas is now a LONG count away on the calendar. 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.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Isaiah prophetically describes Jesus with beautiful strong attributes. He is Wonderful, Mighty and Everlasting. Everlasting, we all have this thing about time don’t we, I am not necessarily patient with time. Yet, time is a divine issue. Solomon writes, “God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.“ (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
God is everlasting, meaning He is not limited to the present. His everlasting faithfulness and goodness – to us – follows us – is here with us and 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, behind us, and ahead of us. Ever try to go back on that walk thingy? What a waste of energy, each step seems delayed and unproductive. It is designed to help us and to go forward.
In this post-Christmas season and a new year fast approaching, may we truly see Him, as our Everlasting Father. The one who directs and decides our walking space, (all we have to do is step on) the One with us, here now, the ever-present Presence. He is, and will be – 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.” (Hebrews 11:6) He is. This season of our life – God is. Wisdom needed – God is. In our personal challenges – God is. Tomorrow’s concerns – God is.
We may not be able to see beginning to end, but we can trust and enjoy the ride!
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)