12/12 Saturday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/12/20
Mary Did You Know
The lyrics to this well known Christmas song were written in 1984 by Mark Lowry. They contemplate the nature of the relationship between Mary and her baby Jesus. Mark Lowry said, “I just tried to put into words the unfathomable. I started thinking of the questions I would have for her if I were to sit down & have coffee with Mary. You know, ‘What was it like raising God?’ ‘What did you know?’ ‘What didn't you know?’”.
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
In general, there are 3 types of signs mentioned in the Bible.
First, there are times in history God has chosen to create “Signs & Wonders” to send a message, warning, or to mark the fulfillment of a promise. These types of “signs” are clearly biblical. These are rare, God chooses to use these types of signs for special purposes and reasons, but not something we should seek after.
Second, Signs that are evidence for what God wants you to do in your life”. This is biblical and as Christians, we should always be looking for so we can fulfill God’s specific will for our life.
Third, horoscopes and superstitions. This category is not biblical and should not be sought after by Christians.
This pandemic has been hard on everyone. But through it, all God has been there giving us individual signs. Earlier this year my quiet time alone with God was starting to once again become compromised by “my” daily schedule of tasks. I remember during one of my prayers, apologizing and saying I just keep running out of time. Then the world became paralyzed by the pandemic and we became quarantined! Suddenly I had plenty of time! I was quickly reminded, the alone time with God is vitally important to a personal relationship with Him. Now, I am not saying He created the pandemic to give “me” time, but He was using the pandemic to get a message to me. Your messages will be different, as they apply to you and your life.
During this Advent season as we focus on the Sign of Wonder and prepare to celebrate the Virgin birth. Let us not get so busy in our preparations and celebrations that we fail to see the signs God is giving us so we may fulfill His specific will for our life.
Pray with us:
Dear Lord, you speak clearly through the Bible, through the Holy Spirit’s impressions on our hearts, and through circumstances in our lives. Help us rightly interpret the “signs” in our lives by showing us how to rightly apply biblical wisdom to the situations and relationships we experience in life.
(Reflection and Prayer by Melinda Dettmer)