>Luncheon Leftovers

>Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a “moms only” luncheon. You see, this is an annual event, and I’ve wanted to go each of the last three years. Babies, finances and other general busy-ness have always kept me from going. Not this year. I was invited to go on Thursday by someone who happened to have an extra ticket.

Imagine if you will over 500 moms in one room. We all enjoyed a delicious meal (that we all got to enjoy while it was still steaming hot!), awesome music by a local group called praise-apella (check them out online at http://www.praise-apella.com, you’ll be glad you did!) and a wonderful speaker. I came away refreshed, restored and with three things indelibly pressed upon my heart.

The first: John 3:16 as it relates to Christmas. We know that God sent His Son to us for the forgivness of sins. But, have you ever thought about how He feels when we reject Jesus? Put yourself in this situation: you buy what you believe is the best gift for your spouse/child/parent/friend for Christmas. You spend weeks looking for it, and are beside yourself with excitement for the person to finally open it. The big moment comes; they unwrap it and then cast it aside. How do you feel? Deflated? Disappointed? Hurt?

Now, think about how God feels when we cast aside the most important, irreplaceable and extravagent gift that He’s ever given? After all he can be a jealous, angry God, is it so far of a stretch to think that he could be hurt by we mere humans?

The second takeaway was a new insight into Isaiah 9:6, which reads: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

As I thought about this, which is one of my favorite verses, I realized that all of these names gives insight into the differnt perceptions of God/Jesus. He is Wonderful, He is a Counselor, He is a Mighty God and very powerful, He is the Father who will never abandon, He is the Peaceful Prince, Son of the Mighty King. All very different descriptions, all very appropriate.

And now to the third thing. One of our speaker’s main points was that God notices each and every one of us. We don’t have to be all-stars. We don’t have to be the kid in the back of the room waving their hand saying “Pick me! Pick me!”, or the perfect parent to perfect children for Him to notice us. He notices us regardless of where we are or what we do. He notices us when we feel like nobody else does. I believe this last point is why I ended up at this luncheon.

As I said above, I’ve wanted to go to this luncheon for quite some time now, but for many reasons have not gone. This year was certainly not to be the exception. Until God stepped in. Last week I was feeling particularly invisible. Sure, I was probably being immature about it, but by Thursday all was well and things were on the upswing. Out of the clear blue, a friend told me that she had an extra ticket and asked if I would like to go with her. Would I! Sure, the speaker’s message reminded me that He does see me. But the situation really drove the point home.


~ by pe2nia1 on December 14, 2009.

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