“Contrary to what a lot of people believe, or hope, comfort doesn’t take the pain away. Comfort slides in beside the pain, pulling up a chair so that we have something more than sorrow in our hearts. Comfort gently expands our spirit so that we can breathe again. Comfort opens our eyes so that we can see possibility again. And on those days, whether it is the next day or five years removed, on that day when grief rears its head again, comfort helps us remember that pain is not all there is.” Peggy Haymes
Consider Joseph’s stint in slavery, the three Hebrews’ stroll in a fiery furnace, and our Lord’s own trial and crucifixion. Each of these events shouted defeat for God’s purposes, and yet each of these defeats became a doorway to a greater victory.
Sometimes defeated moments of extreme anti-climax are actually tipping points.
From all natural perspectives the birth of Jesus Christ was the greatest anti-climax in human history.
- His entrance in to the world was not with the splendor of a world ruler bent on global conquest.
- His arrival wasn’t marked by dignity and fanfare.
- No one would have peeked into the stable and thought, “Surely, a king has just been born!”
- Rather His nursery smelled like cow manure…his crib was a feeding trough…and his only attendants, shepherds.
- Everything about His birth was a giant anti-climax.
Yet in that disappointing moment something else was happening and all of heaven knew that the most glorious of victories had just been unleashed. Immanuel, God with us, had come near.
What looked like anti-climax was the tipping point for the universe.
Christmas reminds us that things aren’t always as they appear. Don’t be too quick to judge and label the defeated moments in your life. God might see them as portals to a greater victory.