December First! Christmas decorations up. Christmas cups in the cupboard. The tree, decorated by the sweet hands of grandchildren shining cheerfully in the corner of the living room. And even a few presents wrapped and under the tree.
This morning as BJ and I sat having our own devotions, with tears in his eyes he read:
“Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61, NKJV)
Several years ago from the southern tip of New Zealand (where the sign pointing south said, “Next stop, Antarctica”) BJ and Joseph, our son, released the sound of the shofar and worshiped the Lord. Truly from the ends of the earth they had cried out to Him.
Then picking up my own devotional book I read: “From the ends of the earth will I cry out to you. And when my heart is overwhelmed, Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
What are the chances? Always 100% with God! This morning our hearts were overwhelmed with His presence, His goodness and His love.
But what does this scripture have to do with Christmas? Everything! Life without peace is totally overwhelming. From the first fig leaf, we have tried to cover ourselves, tried to hide, seeking for a safe place. From the very beginning he heard our cry and sent a baby to answer that cry. God came down, dwelt with us, loved us and became our cornerstone, a Rock that is higher than we are. Jesus, son of man, Son of God.
Are you overwhelmed by the rush of the Christmas season? Overwhelmed by what is happening in our nation and world? Overwhelmed by situations in your own life?
Cry out to Him. Run to the Rock that is higher than you are. A Rock that is higher than any situation that presents itself today. This Christmas season each time you see a manger remember He came, not just as a baby but as a Rock. No longer a baby in a manger, He is the risen King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Fully, abundantly able to answer even the smallest cry from a hungry heart.
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