Let it be with me according to your word. ~Luke 1:38
In the beginning, God created it all. All.Of.It. From nothing. He created everything. And he did it by saying ‘let there be…’ and things just appeared. Air, clouds, dirt, oceans, deserts, birds and cows and flies.
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”right”]Stars and angels sat on the grandstands, waving their pompoms and squealing with joy. [/pullquote]God seemed to wave his magic wand and stuff appeared. It was like a show. In the book of Job, God said that the stars sang and the angels shouted while he was creating. Stars and angels sat on the grandstands, waving their pompoms and squealing with joy.
What a beginning!
Beginnings don’t always feel that way, that jubilant. Because with every beginning there is change. Sometimes that change is good; it immediately feels right, like the world is “wholer” somehow. Birth of a child. Promotion at work. New house.
And sometimes the change is an immediate downer. You can sense the heaviness coming onto the back of your neck. Foreboding, menacing. A death of someone certainly ushers in the beginning of a new normal.
But change is a funny thing. How we perceive it can shift over time. A new beginning cannot be quickly judged. It can’t be placed into either a plus or minus column until time has nourished it, smoothed out the charred edges. Time will tell if the beginnings were endings, if the change was a good one or one you regret.
Mary changed her whole life, and all of mankind’s, with her words ‘let it be.’ She heard the angel’s words. She believed them.
The baby was more than her first born, more than just an addition to the family. Yet for 30 years few knew of the magnificence of the change that was to come. Few knew that this little baby, this beginning, would change the course of history.
The manger-beginning took decades to settle itself into a column of good or bad. In the heavens there was singing, celebrating. Their God, who the heavenly hosts worshipped with all their being, became a human. It was amazing! It was a beginning like none other. (Ok, maybe creating the world out of nothing was up there in the top ten with this!)
But the event so widely celebrated in heaven would not shatter the top ten list until 30 years later when the world started noticing. This beginning, which would seem to end on the Cross, became the biggest plus in the history of mankind.
And it continues to change people, to change lives.
Being confident in this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 1:6