Sweet little Miss celebrated the first snow a – even though it was just a little bit!
It was a relaxing uneventful day accentuated by a couple of baffs.
In the evening we went to see the Awaited show at Crossroads. Hopefully Nora can join us next year. It was an AMAZING production, as usual.
One of my favorite parts is when it actually SNOWS in the auditorium!! I love the hushed murmur of excitement that falls over the crowd and all the little hands reaching out trying to catch the snowflakes. Magic.
I sat through much of the performance with a lump in my throat. I was emotional for so many reasons beyond the artistic portrayal before me. I’m so familiar with this story that it came to be just that. A story. As I sat there and watched the series of events unfold, the crazy blessed reality of this “story” filled my heart. Yes, the Messiah came to this earth in the form of a tiny vulnerable infant. No fanfare, no royal accommodations, not even a crib for a bed (as the song goes). He silently came into this world in a way that was completely unexpected by mankind. The “unexpected” aspect threatened to send tears and carefully applied mascara streaming down my cheeks. “Isn’t it just like God!!??” I thought to myself. I look at all of the things in my own life that were unexpected, especially concerning Nora, and Sophie too. In so many illustrations of the unexpected, God prevails and unfolds the story piece by piece as if it had been the most INTENTIONAL of things all along. From the beginning to the end of Christ’s story, the unexpected is revealed as a carefully and meticulously orchestrated triumph!! How can I possibly doubt His hand in my story, in Nora’s story? Why on earth do I worry??!!
Even though we are celebrating Christ’s birth, I can’t help but fast forward to Christ’s death – another source of my internal emotion. Just as the pain and evil of this world affect us, it horrifically affected Jesus. He didn’t cause or deserve to be crucified on the cross, thereby dying a grizzly death. He was innocent! (He didn’t cause the abhorrent and unexpected death of 26 lives in Connecticut. They were innocent!) He obviously could have prevented His own death, but without it there would be no salvation. Amidst the sadness we feel about Connecticut, we can’t help but ask why God wouldn’t have prevented something like this from happening. Evil can run rampant, simply because it exists – but it will NEVER claim victory. Through Christ’s death came Resurrection, new life!! Once again, in our modern times He will reveal Himself though this tragedy in Connecticut piece by piece, day by day and sometimes hour by hour. Treasure each piece because I believe that whatever God is creating here is ONCE AGAIN going to be breathtaking.
The show was beautiful, and I’m so thankful for a fun night out with my family.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)