As I am pondering this morning the birth of Jesus, I am reminded He represents the Truth and appears to us in a childlike form, unlike the allegory of Adam and Eve who appear as adults. Then, I begin to think about the qualities of God’s child which are loving, forgiving, resilient, expecting Good, humility and on and on and on. Luke 2:40 reads “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” There is definitely a difference in “childlikeness” and “childishness” and that verse certainly points that out.
Today I will be conscious and alert to my thoughts and celebrate this birth reverently rather than get caught up in gift-giving, decorating and partying. There is nothing wrong with any of this but we need to stay cognizant of the real celebration here.
As I study the conversion of Paul and while he was still Saul persecuting the Christians, Ananias was called by God to go and heal him after he was blinded by the Truth. Acts 9:11-12 states “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Surely, Ananias would be fearful for going to such a man. Recently, I read a wonderful poem entitled “Ananias”.
“I heard you, Lord: ‘Heal him’. But…may I say a word? This Saul–haven’t I heard about Jerusalem and how he scorched us there–the violence, terror, despair?”
Ananias, what matters to us nineteen centuries since is that you shattered such logic and listened. Routing your own resistance, you trusted, freeing the verse of your heart with the rhythm of intuition. Love-led, you dared face hatred with compassion.
Not that you didn’t question–we all have. But out of that blaze you came, wide-eyed and childlike, to uncritical innocence.
Without your kind, the Sauls would be nothing but blind.
Author-Rushworth M. Kidder
This story hits home to me as I sometime wonder if God knows the entire story of what He is asking me to do. Yes, He always does and today I will listen and obey.