(Written on Christmas but sent late. No wi fi where I was.)
Last night, Christmas eve, here in Kentucky where I am visiting my mom, after the candlelight service at her church, which was wonderful by the way, we proceeded to do a family tradition. When we are able to make the trip to Kentucky to see my mom and brother on Christmas day we like to take in the light display at Central Park here in her town. (New York City is not the only place that has a Central Park.)
As we drove slowly through the park looking at the various light displays I commented, after we were nearly done, that sadly I had not seen the real reason for this 'holiday', that being Jesus's birth. That is when my son Matthew said, 'no mom, we went past it. It is right over there,' as he pointed in that direction. What had occurred was we were so mesmerized by a home's light display which was across from the park that we were distracted and did not see the baby Jesus in the manger.
I was thinking of the spiritual parallel to this in today's world. Many of us are so caught up in day to day activities that we totally forget Jesus or do not see Him actively working in our life for our good because of the distractions of this world. What about you? Are you so caught up in the things of the world you do not see or have time for Jesus?
Hebrews 12:2 says, 'fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.'