For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
It has been a week of wonder and joy! My husband and I traveled to the mountains to prepare for the arrival of our children and grandchildren. Colored lights line the split rail fence but only on one side because we ran out of lights…and, I overcooked the Christmas roast! All the gifts have been purchased and wrapped but, I somehow lost one set of boy pajamas between here and there. It’s tempting to get annoyed that my best-laid plans have dents, but even now as I sit at the window watching for loved ones to arrive, I feel God’s gentle invitation to turn toward Him and be helped to find Emmanuel in the middle of it all.
With all the flurry of “Christmas busy” behind me I surrender to this holy pause and let the words of Isaiah linger around me. I read them over and over again. “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
It feels like being shaken out of a stupor and awakened to the divine arms that enfold me with peace and power and the forever “Yes” of God.
The reminder that the mighty and righteous God reigns with greatness, now and always, brings a deep comfort to my soul and seems to whisper over me,
So each night when the Christmas lights turn on I look down the driveway, half lit, and smile. The grandchildren’s “pajama picture” will have seven little ones fleeced in red and white santas — and one in royal blue long underwear. I realize that, in reality, all the gifts I give have dents in spite of my best-laid plans. None can offer that one thing that will satisfy the deepest yearning of the soul. It is only in the presence of the One who guides with wisdom, rules with supreme power, and establishes royal peace on earth that our cups get filled to overflowing. It is only in the arms of our Everlasting Father that we find the perfect gift we long to unwrap! His forever “yes” — Emmanuel.
“Thank you, Father, for your perfect gift of love and for the ways you help me find Emmanuel in the middle of my life. Amen.”
What about you?
How do you feel when your best-laid plans fall short?
Have you felt God’s invitation to turn toward Him and find Emmanuel in the middle of your life?
What does it mean to you that God is a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace?
Do one of these stand out to you as a particular way that you need God this year?
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