Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas: A Story of Sovereignty

Civilians see military life as a structured existence. Military wives in the midst of PCS or deployment will testify to the unpredictable, exhausting, randomness of it all. (Can I get a witness?)

In the past two months our family has encountered a happy homecoming from deployment, multiple delays in PCS orders, an emergency surgery, a minor traffic accident (does a bumper tap at 5 mph count?), a DITY move, and five children who think New Mexico is a barren land like Moses travelled during the Exodus. Each glitch forced us to revise our plans and eventually abandon plans altogether. Our new agenda was to begin tasks while on the alert for detours.

When I look at the Christmas story in light of the entire Word of God, so much seems random, yet the God of the universe had a plan. I delight in knowing that each step along the way, God was leading His people to a Bethlehem stable.

God revealed His sovereignty through the fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament prophecies and foreshadowing of His Son. A garden. An Ark. Tablets of stone. A march across the desert. A big fish. A vision in a fiery furnace. A great wall. What once appeared random is now knitted together in a beautiful story of our redemption from Christ's birth to his death and resurrection.

Just before our PCS, someone asked me how I could be so calm with all of the chaotic circumstances in my life. My answer was simple. I know that God is sovereign. He takes the small pieces of my life and weaves them into the story of His love.

Take a step back this season and thank God for the random life of a military wife. You will see His sovereign hand guiding you.

Other ladies are sharing their thoughts about Christmas on the Wives of Faith Christmas Carnival. Check it out!

Blessings to you!


Angie Vik said...

Sounds like you've had a lot on your plate the last few weeks. Hope your life settles down soon. I don't always know what the military terms you refer to mean, but I understand waiting and wondering and needing to trust God no matter what. Hope you have a nice Christmas.

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

I'd wondered if you were in NM yet. I so relate to your post. LOL

I think God graciously allows military families to see His sovereignty through all the "surprises". Our van/passports/luggage was stolen on the way to SEA TAC to fly over here.....and the kids and I ended up spending an extra month in the Pacific NW as we gathered new birth certificates and passports etc.....and thorugh it all I cn see God worked....... YOur posts always bless me.