i had a bit of a rough night. i got home at 5:30 and hadn't started dinner. i quickly started some home made mac and cheese. then flying termites showed up in my kitchen and all things went downhill. they come out a few days a year and fly around lights until their wings fall off and then they crawl all over the ground. they come up from the ground and out of the walls. it's not my favorite thing about living here!
i was cooking dinner and they were flying into my cheese sauce, crawling up my legs and down my back. i was about to loose my mind. i was hot and sweaty, which made the bugs stick to me, and i saw them coming out of every corner. i was just dreading the clean up that comes-- dead bugs everywhere tomorrow morning and ants coming out of every crack to eat the dead bugs. i was also praying that we would not have a repeat of last year (thousands invading every bedroom).
i was having a full pity party. it was time to put the kids to bed. i read them a book and then prayed with them. as i was praying i felt the presence of God come in my heart… don't imagine some magical, majestic moment with my kids, this is real life. i was repenting of my bad attitude and thanking Jesus that He came to earth and luke was shining a flashlight in my face and asking me why my voice was getting funny (i was getting emotional).
as i prayed i was reminded of the incarnation-- that wonderful truth that Jesus, though being God, "did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage, but instead He made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross." Jesus came to earth to live among sinful humans. this is the very thing that we are preparing to celebrate this week.
i know this seems lame, but tonight as i was lamenting living in a place that bugs crawl out of our walls, i was filled with thankfulness. thankfulness that i have a Savior, that though He was deserving of all perfection and glory, chose to come to earth to live in a fallen world, like me… a world with sin, a world that longs for the redemption of heaven and a world with bugs. in fact bugs were probably crawling all over Him in the manger He was placed in after He was born-- the manger that most of us have perfectly placed on our decorated mantels for Christmas. our King and Savior had bugs on Him as an infant. i am thankful that that is the kind of King i serve and am saved by. though He is deserving of all things, He made Himself nothing… His entire life on earth. i am frequently thankful for what Jesus did on the cross, but tonight i was just thankful that He came to earth.
the humility of Jesus displayed in the Christmas story is one of my favorite things about it. look for it as your read the account of Jesus' birth in Luke and worship our humble Savior King.