When I was in college, I participated in a mission trip to Nicaragua. While in Nicaragua, our team was primarily responsible for preparing the foundation of a new church building. That trip challenged me in many ways, and I had many great experiences during my time there.
One of these special experiences was a trip to the Corn Islands, just off Nicaragua’s eastern coast in the Caribbean Sea. While visiting the island, we had the opportunity to swim in the Caribbean Sea. I was amazed by how clear and pristine the water was. I could see my feet! Before that, the only times I swam in the ocean were at New Jersey beaches. I remember gazing at the floor of the Gulf, watching underwater life, and viewing the tropical skyline. I was captivated and tried to take it all in.
When was the last time you saw something that captured your attention? Not something that caused a quick or casual glance, but something that caused you to gaze, and even marvel.
I think a good word to sum up this concept is the word, “behold”. Remove all distractions. Focus. Pay close attention. Behold is not a common word used in everyday language, but I think this concept of beholding is especially appropriate for this time of year.
With Christmas right around the corner, I hope you will lay aside your to-do list and clear your mind to experience a few things that are worthy to behold. Enjoy the Christmas lights and decorations. Experience rich fellowship with your loved ones. If we have a white Christmas, take time to gaze at the beauty it creates, but most of all, marvel at the generosity of God who gave his Son, Jesus. I think John the Baptist summed it up best when he exclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29