In my last post "The Wise Men", King Herod made his appearance.
Now, you get to see his narcissistic and paranoid behavior after hearing of Jesus' birth.
King Herod was the the Roman appointed king of the Jews. When he heard about the "new" King (Jesus), he was afraid of losing his throne. After he was betrayed by the Magi (wise men), he ordered all the boys that were two years old and younger to be killed.
Thankfully, an angel came to Joseph and warned him of Herod's plan and told him to take the baby to Egypt.
Isn't this an exciting story. It's like "Lord of the Rings" but BETTER!! And it's a true story!
Do we look at the Bible and its teachings as King Herod took the news of a new king? Is living a Christian life going to put a damper on my plans of success, money, fame, whatever I see as my perfect plan for my life? We may not go to as drastic measures as Herod did, but do we believe Jesus is our savior or a ball and chain dragging us down and sucking all the fun out of our life?
I can attest to the fact that God's plan for my life and yours is so much more exciting and rewarding than any we can picture on our own. I would have never imagined being the mother of six children, traveling around the world to adopt two beautiful girls, to be a married to a wonderful, kind, selfless man for almost thirty years. Yes, I've been through some awful things. But every awful thing has made me depend more on God for the answers and not to rely on my own strength. I wouldn't be able to do it by myself. That I'm sure of.
As you celebrate this Christmas season, see what is important to you. Is it the presents, the tinsel, the shopping, or is it something deeper, more important. Whatever you decide, I hope it brings you the same joy that the birth of Jesus has brought to me.