God is bigger than our boxes.
We try our best to come up with formulas and systematic ways of talking about God and how he works…but ultimately…there is still this holy mystery to God.
Frederich Buechner said
“Those who believe in God can never in a way be sure of Him again. Once they have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of man. If the holiness and awful power and majesty of God were present in this event, this birth of a peasant’s child, then there is no place or time so lowly and earthbound but that holiness can be present there also. And, this means that we are not safe, that there is no place where you can hide from God, no place where we are safe from his power to break in two and recreate the human heart because it is where he seems most helpless that he is most strong and just where we least expect him that he comes most fully.”
Christmas reminds us that no one is too far from God, that there is no “God-forsaken” person or place.
Where is the strangest, most unexpected place you have encounter God?