Christmas Countdown Day 14 focused on the stable. Though Scripture doesn’t use the word “stable” to describe Jesus’ birthplace, it does say Jesus was placed in a manger after he was born, and there was no room for this young family at the local inn. Usually a manger would be found in a stable or barn. Today, we used our senses to explore the stable where Jesus was born. We imagined what we may have seen there, the sounds we would have heard, and what we might have smelled. While we read our Scripture passage in Luke chapter 2, the kids placed the figures in our small nativity and in doing so, placed themselves there too, experiencing what that night could have been like. We made stable ornaments, to help us remember where Jesus was born, and how God provided for them there in the stable.
Some evenings are made for exploration and discovery.
Last night, the air was warm, the breeze was light and we were ready to get outside and play. Our yard was alive with possibility, and Jackson and Lauren seemed to sense it.
We ran, we swung, we all somehow managed to get on the teeter-totter swing and laughed as we went back and forth. We got out our shovels and toys and began to dig in the driveway dirt. We piled up rocks. Lauren discovered the wonder of the Weeping Willow tree next to the house, and dodged (most of the time) the long branches swaying with the wind. The birds put on quite a show, zooming back and forth, high and low.
It was a beautiful evening.
It was the kind of evening that made your heart long for God and to know Him more. No matter how long we would play, there was more to discover. God created us to experience this world in all its brilliant colors, to wonder at its intricacies and treasures and to discover Him in it all. It is a world that we will never fully understand, nature that cannot be completely conquered, held in the almighty hands of an indescribable, unfathomable God.