Hidden In Plain Sight
Have you ever noticed that when you are taking the Christmas ornaments off of the tree there always seems to be one or two hiding from you? It happened to me yesterday. I was searching the tree to make sure I’d removed every ornament, and that’s when I spotted one hiding right in front of my eyes. Oddly enough, it made me think about the true meaning of Christmas. We can get so busy during this holiday season; wrapped up (no pun intended) in shopping for the perfect gift or stressed out over a family visit that we forget what Christmas is all about. I know, we’ve all heard it before: Jesus is the reason for the season. However, just like the ornament hidden within the branches of my tree…sometimes the real reason for the season is hiding in plain view right before our very eyes. You see, Christmas is about Jesus. But Jesus is all about love. The gift of His life was a completely selfless gift of love. He left His throne of glory to come to earth and live as a man so that He could die for our sins. Perfect love. There are those who, unfortunately, are blinded to the amazing love He so freely offers us today. He is ready to accept everyone who would believe in Him yet; they can’t see Him because their eyes are focusing on the world and the things of this world. To them, He is hidden in plain sight. Just as many of us get sidetracked during this special season worrying about insignificant things, others aren’t even aware of the fact that the Savior we celebrate is waiting with wide open arms to receive them into His everlasting kingdom. To many, He is still merely the baby in the manger. My prayer is that God would open every eye to the wonders of His love, the simplicity of His grace and the magnificent mercy He so freely offers. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you and may your New Year be filled with blessings.