DAY 16: The First Christmas Carol
BY: Jess Hammond
There’s nothing like classic Christmas carols to take you back to vivid memories of your childhood. I turn on ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’ and it takes me back to years of Christmas Eve services followed by festivities at my uncle’s house; he would dress up like Santa and hand out gifts to all of the kids.
Music has a powerful way of taking us back to specific moments in our lives.
I can’t help but think of how Mary must have felt as she sang this carol of praise to God. Her childhood memories of learning the Word of God and His promises must have flooded her heart. Mary knew full well the history of her people; she was raised in a Jewish home where they were taught the ways of God, the stories of Abraham, Moses, David, and the prophets. Mary knew that God was about to change the course of human history and she was chosen to play a part in this divine plan.
We get a beautiful glimpse into the heart of this girl who just learned that her whole world was being flipped upside down. Luke 6:45 says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, and what was stored in her heart was faith, praise, trust, and complete surrender to the Author of Life. She knew that living in His story was the most secure place to be. So, she offered her life in complete surrender to all that God had planned and praised Him that she could be a part of it.
What if we stored up in our hearts the treasures she had in hers?
What if we lived in awestruck wonder at the ways He is working even now to bring about His will for the world?
He chooses the unlikely. He chooses men and women the world would completely look over and disregard.Just read through Mary’s song. She saw herself as a “lowly servant girl” (Luke 1:48). But He found favor with her) and called her blessed (Luke 1:28).
His ways are not like ours and His thoughts are higher than our own (Isaiah 55:8). I am grateful that we don’t have to have it all figured out.
Let us humble ourselves in complete surrender that we might see Him do great and mighty things in our generation!
Is there anything stored in your heart that does not resemble God?