Fresh Hope – Day 19

Tomorrow it’s our Grandson Noah’s nativity play at school.


No doubt there will be a packed assembly hall of proud parents and grandparents, all with video cams rolling.


No matter how bad the performance (and there have been plenty of those down the years) it doesn’t seem to be important.


Forgotten lines and crying children will be overlooked in an atmosphere of both laughter and tears present at each moving performance.


As we get closer to the season of Christmas, we will of course be brought face to face with Mary the mother of Jesus, albeit acted out by a 7 year old with a tea towel on her head.


We are all well aware that this young teenage woman was chosen by God to give birth to Jesus, but have you ever stopped to think of the things that SHE had to overcome to allow this to take place?


Whenever God wants to use a person through whom He can dream, there will be very similar problems that we have to overcome.


Both Mary’s challenges and ours will look something like this if we are going to be used to do something significant with our lives…


1) I’m not worthy – why would God choose me?


2) It’s impossible – how can this be?


3) I’m deceived – I must have this wrong?


4) It’s different – it’s never been done before.


5) Pressure – there’s always necessary pressure at birth. Pressure pushes out the dream.


6) Underestimated on arrival – Few recognized the magnitude of this world changing occasion. Don’t expect everyone to applaud.


7) Threatened in infancy – King Herod wanted him dead. Every dream will be threatened when it’s just been born.


Be encouraged today to go full term and live the dream that God has for YOUR life.


Pastor Mark


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