Did You Know?
Being a mother allows you to have certain instincts about your child, that fathers may not understand. From the time we feel the first kick in our womb, until the day we take our last breath, mothers know their children. I truly think God wired us that way. Whether we gave birth to them or not, a mother knows her child. Though you know them so well as a baby, did you know how they would turn out as they grew older?
With Christmas just two days away, my daughter hasn’t given me a list of what she wants. Although she doesn’t know specifically what gifts she would like this year, I know what she would enjoy. Oftentimes she is amazed at the fact that I know what she likes or that I don’t have to physically see her to know what she is doing. When she asks “Mommy how did you know?”, my response is always “because I’m your mother”.
We’ve all been there as parents.
When your child is too quiet for too long, you already know something is up. There is so much parents can pick up on concerning their child. We know when our babies are hungry, need changing or a much needed nap. As they become big kids, we know when they are lying to keep from getting in trouble. Those of you with pre-teens and teenagers know when your child is crushing on someone. Although we know so much about our children, there is still so much for us to learn.
In Luke chapter 1, Mary, the mother of Jesus, had no idea that she would conceive a child without “knowing” a man. Even without knowing how this miracle would happen, she surrendered to God that His will would be done. When she gave birth to Jesus, she immediately realized that He was more special than she thought, but she kept it to herself.
“Mary, did you know?”
This happens to be the title of the most beautiful Christmas song I’ve ever heard. Do you think Mary knew that she was carrying the Savior of the world? Did she know that He would perform miracles, signs and wonders? Though she may not have known the specifics of His miraculous birth, as His mother, she knew He was destined to do great things.
As children of God, did you know that we are given grace, unmerited and unearned favor, because of Jesus? Do you realize that your sins are forgiven when you ask Him to forgive you? Are you aware that Jesus can heal you of your disease, strengthen you were you are weak, and give you joy no one can take away? Just by accepting Christ as your Savior, do you understand that you gain unlimited access to God the Father?
Did you know?
Jesus Christ was born so that we may have an abundant life here on earth and an eternal life in heaven. He lived a perfect life so that we would have someone to model. Although He faced trials and temptations, He never sinned. This stripped Satan of his power and placed that power in our hands to overcome sin. How could Mary have known of all the great things Jesus would do, even thousands of years after His death? If you do not know Jesus for yourself, I challenge you to open your heart and invite Him in. As you prepare for and begin celebrating Christmas, may you remember the reason for the season.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“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.” – Isaiah 9:6 NIV