“That’s the Magic of Christmas”

by Afton Rorvik @AftonRorvik

 ‘Tis the season… for Christmas movies. I love them! Happy people, beautifully decorated houses and towns, and wishes that come true—what’s not to love?  I watch and smile and go to bed happy with the phrase, “. . . that’s the magic of Christmas” rolling around in my head.

And I want that magic. I want amazing things to happen in relationships and at work and in our broken world. I want to keep believing in the good and the possible and the miraculous.

I know I can’t really write a letter to Santa and get a wish granted, and I know that I can’t really rub a snow globe and get what I want for Christmas. But often, without really thinking about it, I also know that I have treated God like a magic wish-granter: “Please, please, God . . . “

One morning recently I read some words that made me stop and think and remember that life with God is about so much more than getting what I want from Him: “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes” (Psalm 18:4 MSG).

Honestly, that phrase “opened the book of my heart to his eyes” makes me a bit uncomfortable. So personal. So honest. So very much NOT about asking God to do this or fix that for me. More about siting in the presence of God day after day and letting Him see all of me, then listening to what He teaches me. More of a long haul, a day-by-day, year-by-year process of transformation. Not quite as splashy or obvious as a quickly-granted wish.

But, ultimately, what can compare to a transformed heart, a rewritten life?

In this busy season of Christmas may we take the time each day to open our hearts to God, inviting Him to transform us. May we celebrate the gift of being known by the God of the universe, the God who loved us so much that He came in human form at Christmas. May we learn to let go of our wishes and rest in His loving presence.

Psalm 139 (NIV)

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

“That’s the Magic of Christmas” – @AftonRorvik on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

afton rorvik2About the author: Afton Rorvik savors words, flavored coffee, time outside, and living connected. Although an introvert, she has come to realize that what really matters in life is people and faith in Jesus, which gives her the strength and courage to live connected. Afton wrote Storm Sisters (Worthy), a story-filled book about learning to stick around when storms hit a friend’s life. She blogs monthly at  aftonrorvik.com and thoroughly enjoys Pinterest (Afton Rorvik).

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