Posted by Paul on December 22, 2011 Categories: Adults
In order to save money I attempted to use a piece of Christmas wrapping paper that was on the end of a roll to wrap up a present that was just too big for the dimensions of the paper. I re-positioned the present several times, each time trying a different folding method, but despite all my best origami skills the result was always the same. I even tried to stretch the paper! Eventually, despite the austerity measures I was imposing upon myself, I had to start a new roll of wrapping paper. I had to face up to it, big things simply don’t go into little things - except at Christmas, that’s exactly what happened.
I’ve been a Christian for 28 years now - 28 Christmases have amazed me, as I’ve thought about the wonder of God’s remarkable intervention in the incarnation. But this year I have been grabbed afresh by the wonder of the truth that God became a baby. The Almighty God, the creator of the universe, the one who flung stars into space (as the hymn writer puts it) became a baby - a gargantuan gift in very small packaging. There was my justification for wrestling with the remains of the roll of Christmas paper. Except what was impossible for me, was possible for God.