If God had first gone to some theologians, they would have wanted to consult their theology books. They, perhaps, would have had some heated conversations over fine points of His plan, and argued over the location selected, and the people who were to play the key roles.
If He had knocked on the doors of Congress, they may have put him off to a more convenient time. They are, after all, busy men and women of power. And let’s be politically correct here; is there a proper slant on this fantastical event that will not offend others, and will it appeal to the masses? After all, we have to keep a balance of power in mind. And maybe they would have delayed the vote until after Christmas break, and then would have missed the entire event.
If He had gone on stage at Carnegie Hall, He perhaps would have been rejected for lack of proper dress. After all, His tux might have been a bit out of style; and sandals with tux – no way.
The networks would perhaps have rejected him for lack of a newsworthy appeal. They could never sell advertising to the birth of a common baby boy.
Where did God show up?
He appeared to shepherds on a hillside, near Bethlehem, a mundane little village.
He led three wise men who willingly followed a new star, and they came prepared with gifts for this yet unseen King.
God showed up to a peasant girl of fourteen who was quick to say “Let it be done to me as you have said.”
And to a carpenter, who was to serve as a father figure and roll model for His Son.
God showed up in welcoming spaces and places. He walked into open and receptive hearts and minds. He inhabited thoughts and ideas that were willing to embrace him and make room for him.
The important question is this – Are we open and accepting to His fantastical story of redemption?
Are we willing?
P Michael Biggs
Words of Hope
One Word at a Time