“Once [those who believe in God] have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of man. If holiness and the awful power and majesty of God were present in this least auspicious of all events, this birth of a peasant’s child, then there is no place or time so lowly and earthbound but that holiness can be present there too. And this means … [there is] no place where we are safe from his power to break in two and recreate the human heart because it is just where he seems most helpless that he is most strong, and just where we least expect him that he comes most fully.” Frederick Buechner
“… he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- The birth of Jesus was the “least auspicious of all events.” In other words, God was up to something big, and chose an approach destined to fail. But “where we least expect him … he comes most fully.” Where do you “least expect” God to come?
- In weak people and inauspicious situations God is often “most strong.” Are you weak, even tragically flawed? Are you in a hopeless situation? Doesn’t that actually make your life more likely as a staging ground for some work of God? Can you think about your life in that way?
Abba, I want to learn to expect you not only there but “here”, not only then, but “now”, not only for them, but “for me.” I admit I’m an unlikely candidate who seems likely to fail. Help me therefore all the more to look with expectation for your coming in my life.
For More: Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons by Frederick Buechner
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