On the eve of Christmas, I received news from a friend that made me think about the future. I tried to brush off the worrying thought and it was easy to do that because of the preparations for Christmas Day. But this morning, I received a text message: "The real message of Christmas is this: We are not alone. Jesus is our Immanuel (which means God with us) Matthew 1:23."
I remembered the news again and then the words "God with us" kept ringing in my head. God with us. God with us. The whole Bible verse is actually this: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel--which means "God with us". The verse refers to the birth of Jesus Christ--the Son of God who became man, like one of us, to later on die on the cross to save us from sin. Jesus is with us. He walked on the earth then, He is walking with us now.
I have planned some things for next year, but I don't know how things will really turn out. I don't know all the details that will take place in the next few months, but God does. And today, on Christmas Day, He is reminding me that He came to this earth to be with me wherever I am at all times. God is with me and He is also with someone who thinks He is alone today. He is with a father working overseas, away from his family and desperately missing home. He is with the typhoon victims waiting for relief goods and relocation. He is with someone who is afraid, uncertain of the future. In whatever situation--good or bad--God can be trusted to be with us and carry us through.