The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
Luke 2:11 (NLT)
Late one Christmas Day, years ago, a resident of Hillsborough, California, accompanied by his wife and children, set out to sing Christmas carols for the neighbors.
As they were tuning up outside their first stop, the woman of the house came to the door, looking distraught. “Look fella,” she said, “I’m just too busy. The plumbing’s on the blink, I can’t get anybody to fix it, and there’s a mob coming for dinner. If you really feel like singing Christmas carols, come back about nine o’clock, okay?”
“Yes, ma’am,” replied Bing Crosby respectfully, as he herded his family elsewhere.
Talk about missed opportunities. A well known and very popular singer of the day shows up to sing at your door and you turn them away.
God seldom comes to us when it is convenient or expected. He shows up at times and in places and in faces we least expect. The Holy, Mighty God of the universe, who made mountains rumble and parted seas, shows up in a barn as a baby. A baby, I might add, that was born in a questionable time frame.
If God appeared on our doorstep, how would we respond? Would we be so busy that we wouldn’t recognize Him? Would we be so focused on getting every thing done that we would send Him away.
I wonder if the neighbor ever realized what she had done? Or was she so self-absorbed that she never comprehended what she had missed.
I wonder too, if one day it will dawn on us that God came to us one Christmas, wanting to sing for us, and we turned Him away because we were too busy.
Take a moment now. Take a few deep breaths. Listen to the Angel song. “The Savior has been born TODAY in Bethlehem!” (Luke 2:11)
Forgive us when we get so busy we don’t recognize You. Slow us down. Open our eyes. Open our hearts. May we listen to You singing over us.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.