And as it happened….the heavens began to count down the days when they would need to offer the greatest gift to a broken and needy world.
As many things are, this moment wasn’t an either/or but it held the weightiness of both/and.
The glorious extravagance of what God was doing was a grace amazing. Yet the heartbreak of offering their Jesus and letting go and watching Him walk a while on earth felt impossibly too much to ask.
But, they wondered, what would Earth’s reaction be to receive such amazing news?
Surely everything and everyone would stand awestruck and every hill pulse with the absolute pure delight of it.
Because, a baby!
Oh, the wonder.
Yet the tug of handing Him over. So helpless and needy. And would mankind understand?
Would they catch a glimpse of the upside down kingdom of God? The kingdom full of grace and truth and love and hope. The kingdom bringing peace and light.
Or would they miss it? Would their power or poverty, riches or rags, dreams or disillusionment find them walking in the way of shortsightedness?
Who knew for sure? Well, God did. But He merely smiled and gestured at His creation and said, “Look at them. Aren’t they lovely? Despite their brokenness and need. Despite their grumbling and greed. That’s not who I made them to be. I made them for redemption and relationship.”
Yes, God merely smiled down love with steadfast resoluteness to carry out His plan called Grace for a Dying World.
The heavens shrugged agreement, but all the same gathered the waiting babe a bit closer, because Who knew? And He wasn’t commenting further. A few days remained. They were glad. Anticipatory and anxious also. They would wait and see as it happened.