Christmas is past, but the memories are imprinted on my brain like the home videos of my children throughout the years.
Whenever I watch the video tapes of Christmas morning, my children didn’t run into the living room and grab their presents. They inched forward with wide eyes and gaping mouths as though they were in a dream.
Colorfully-wrapped boxes, stacked like nursery blocks, surrounded a brightly-lit Christmas tree where sparkling ornaments dangled from pine-needle branches.
A large stuffed animal or a bicycle parked beside the tree might as well have been Manna from Heaven.
Even stockings hung on chairs triggered awe as nimble fingers pulled out candy canes and tangerines.
Now that I’m an adult and my children are grown, I miss the Christmas magic that transforms a common room into Wonderland.
And yet, I expect Heaven will fill me with the same child-like wonder~~Only Magnified~~when I leave this earthly vessel and enter into God’s glorious presence.
Will my face glow in adoration? Will I be Son-struck by the nail-scarred hands of the Prince of Peace? Will I weep for joy the Lamb of God bore my sin and died for me? Will I raise my voice with angels and sing God’s praises?
Like the words from a song by Mercy Me…I Can Only Imagine.
My Spiritual Inheritance is more than a casual hope or wishful thinking. (Ephesians 1:14) I’m assured God’s Promise of eternal life is guaranteed.
My oldest son remembers a Christmas when he asked for the latest gaming system: a Nintendo 64. Oh, how his eyes shone as he unwrapped several Nintendo 64 video games.
However, store supply did not match consumer demand. There was no Nintendo 64 beneath the Christmas tree. No way to play the video games that day.
My son’s heart sank, but he trusted a mother’s promise that he’d receive the Nintendo 64. My son knew I loved him, and intended to keep my word. So my son felt assured he would receive his gift. And he did!
As we head into a New Year, my prayer is that God will increase our faith to trust Him more even when circumstances and our wavering hearts try to persuade us otherwise.
Be assured, God is trustworthy. He intends to keep His promises!
So let us run the race with endurance and enter into God’s daily presence with the awestruck wonder and joy of a child on Christmas morning.