Noooooooooooo…oh! What? Really?! Him? You couldn’t predict the result, the final outcome. (No. I’m not referring to the US Presidential election!)
But it’s all there, foretold in scripture, The Arrival, the long anticipated Coming.
Who would have thought… that God would choose the least likeliest of people, an ordinary teenager, virgin, unmarried, to give birth to His Son.
Who would have thought… all Hope, Peace, Joy, Love would be wrapped up in the form of a helpless baby… born to become a refugee and whose first breath would be to inhale the harsh environment of the animal shed.
Who would have thought … that Angels and heavenly choirs would be appointed to announce the greatest news for human-kind.
Who would have thought… that the first visitors on the scene would be shepherds from the fields, and wise philosophers from the East – social class, privilege, protocol all dissolving in the unexpected environment of the manger.
Who would have thought… there’d only be an audience of a handful –no propaganda, no election platform, no media hype, no spin doctors, no smear campaign.
Who would have thought… that a paranoid king would end up ordering the mass infanticide of all boys under the age of 2 years in his attempt to destroy the one chosen ‘before the foundation of the world’.
Who would have thought… that the Saviour of the World would grow up, living in obscurity for 30 years… waiting, preparing to fulfil His purpose and calling.
Who would have thought… that the answer to our prayers would avoid platforms, limelight, campaign slurs, self-promotion or putting others down.
Who would have thought… that God’s greatest gift to humanity would confound, confuse and anger both religious professionals and political opportunists.
But many people did miss the coming of the Saviour of the World… because they were looking elsewhere, looking for someone made in their image who would do their bidding, in their way.
Unlike the one who loved unconditionally, who defied expectations, who crossed bridges of race, gender and culture and modelled a revolutionary way of being.
During this season of preparation and busy-ness… Pause and pay attention. The gift you really need but may not have asked for, or didn’t expect, may turn out to be the greatest gift of all. Don’t miss it!