The Little Things

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            It’s my hope and prayer that you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to share that blessed time with those you love.  I can tell you that the Nachtigall house was full to the brim.  I’m thinking that next year we may have to rent the Heritage Room at M.K. Brown just so we will have room for everybody.

            Seriously, I think the adults would have been fine, but when you have three 4 year olds and two 2 year olds they need a lot of square footage!  Then you add in the teenagers and you have to wonder how in the world people used to get along with small houses and large families!

            Although it can be trying at times, it is such a joy to see the kids play and have fun together.  They run, laugh and just seem to enjoy each other.  I truly love those 30-45 second times!

            But the weather was pretty nice this weekend for the most part.  Sure the wind blew on Christmas Day, but it would have been hard to order a more perfect day than Christmas Eve.  Our backyard was the perfect play area for the kids.

            When it came time to eat, Joshua, Randy and I ate on the patio and it was great.  We enjoyed just visiting with one another and truly enjoyed the fact that all the kids were in the house.  It wasn’t long until Noah wanted to come out and eat with us so we made room at the table and enjoyed our time.

            Joshua had to go into work so that just left Randy, Noah and I sitting outside.  That’s when I saw it.  It was flying around the dogs’ water bowl.  I looked, and then looked again.  I couldn’t believe it.  It was a wasp!

            I watched it closely to make sure it didn’t go near Noah.  I lost sight of it for a moment but saw it flying just a few feet from the table.  Then it was gone again.  I tried to find it, but it was gone.  I just couldn’t imagine seeing a wasp this time of year.

            I know it was warm out.  I know it had been fairly nice for a couple of days.  But wasps aren’t supposed to be out on Dec. 24th.  This wasp moved into our lives in a moment, causing some concern about what would happen next.  For a few moments this Christmas Eve a wasp provided us with some excitement that we had not planned on.  It was not the ordinary Christmas Eve moment.

            That moment made me stop and think.  Nothing is said in Scripture about a wasp being a part of the birth of our Jesus, but it does mention angels suddenly appearing.  It mentions the reaction of the shepherds being one of fear.  They were surprised at the sudden appearance of the angels and the message that they brought.

            The shepherds recovered from their surprise and ultimately made their way to a stable in Bethlehem where they saw this Child born, this Son given.  They even recovered to the point where they were able to tell others what had happened then return to their jobs glorifying and praising God.  The shepherds found that something had come into their lives that changed what was ordinary to what was extraordinary.

            For Randy and me it was a wasp that came to visit on Christmas Eve.  For the shepherds it was an angel then a multitude of angels that appeared in the sky.  For Mary and Joseph it was a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.  For the world it was a Savior who is Christ the Lord.

            I wonder what it was for you this Christmas.  What changed your ordinary into the extraordinary?  If you have not yet looked around to see how God desires to change your ordinary to the extraordinary, don’t wait for the ‘big’ things.  Look in those little things that happen all along the way.  God desires to meet you even if He has to use a wasp to do it.

            What is that buzzing in your life right now?  It may well be God speaking to you.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul