Emmanuel means “God with us.” Of course during the holiday season, we hear that word a lot, and a great deal about how Jesus, the Son of God, was born to His people. But for me, this understanding has taken on a much deeper meaning than I had previously considered possible. Yes, when we accept Christ into our heart, He surely lives in us, but if I were to be completely honest, the majority of my life, with and without salvation, has held to the ideology that God mostly exists in heaven. Far away. Looking down from above. God has no limits, though, as much as we would like to establish in order to better relate…no limit on time or space, ability or creativity… And when He comes to dwell with us, He really and truly does.
For quite some time now, I have been in a season of transition; not at all easy to define, even to myself. Change is never easy and as it has been coupled with a great deal of loss and struggle as well, I have found myself taking on an interesting position – that of peace.
The bible tells us that God will bring us a peace that passes all understanding and I now have a much greater perspective on what that truly means. It’s almost as though I am in a glass bubble – still experiencing life, but safe. My tears are steady, but no longer overtake me. My heart heavy but not hard.
What would it mean for you, to truly accept that God is with you? How would your life look if you took on the belief that you truly would never be alone again?