My granddaughter arrived at the usual time. After breakfast, she headed to the living room to get out the Little People nativity set. We had been talking about the nativity that particular week. In this particular nativity set, there was a baby Jesus, a Mary and a Joseph, sone wise guys, sone shepherds, an angel, a cow and a few sheep. Oh, and there was a dog and every once in a while, a hot pink plastic van was used for Mary and Joseph to get around in.
The day before Mary and Joseph went for a drive with Jesus in his car seat, buckled safely in the back of the van. However, the very next day, baby Jesus came up missing.
We checked under the furniture they had driven by while out gallivanting around. Not there. We checked every room but Baby Jesus was nowhere to be found. After about thirty minutes of on and off seeking for the lost baby, we became distracted and busy with other things.
It made me think how Jesus comes up missing in my own life. Do I make a point of earnestly giving Him first placce as I did when I first knew Him? Do I strive to make Him the center of my life or do I get distracted and go on about my day, hoping He’ll turn up somewhere in it? Do I search diligently? He is never far, but it can seem or feel that way when I’ve pushed Him aside and allowed other people or other things to become my distracted focus.
I finally got on my knees and did another sweep of looking under the furniture. After all, how can you have a nativity without baby Jesus?
And then it happened.
“Hey Boo,” I called, “I found him! I found baby Jesus!”
My two-year old granddaughter came running with a smile plastered on her face.
“Baby Jesus!” she shouted and scooped him up, put him back in the van with his mom and dad and off they went to buy a Christmas tree for the stable.
Oh, to be like a child! To run to the Father when we get off course. To run to the Father when we are filled with joy. To be able and confident to just run to the Father!
Do you feel like Jesus is hiding from you? Do you want the intimacy back that you once shared with Him, making Him the most important thing of all? He says if we will seek after Him with all of our heart, we will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV).
I think that’s a pretty great gift.