“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” -Orison Swett Marden
Have you ever tried to get a child to sleep at a decent time on Christmas Eve? It’s a nearly impossible task. Remember your own childhood? Remember how you felt laying there that magical night before the big day? There was that powerful tonic of expectation, causing your mind to wonder and your lips to stretch into a smile. What is it about Christmas that makes us believe that the impossible might just happen?
Children are given permission to dream big; things they could never ask for at any other time of the year, suddenly become viable options. We giggle at the audacity of a little girl from the city asking for a pony, and we smile when a young boy insists he will be getting a motorcycle under the tree.
No matter how much we would love to make their wildest dreams come true, reality says not this year.
It happens, Christmas morning – disappointment and sadness, for even thinking to ask for things so outlandish.
It’s that feeling of disappointment and of sadness that causes us to lose hope. We fear looking silly and being embarrassed when our deepest longings are not satisfied, so we abandon hope – a means of self-preservation.
But, Jesus came to give us a hope that is not of this world. A hope that does not disappoint. Romans 5:5 says, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
God has given us, His children, permission to hope for the impossible; to ask for things that seem crazy. The reason that the Christmas Season is so magical and the impossible seems feasible is because Christmas is all about Jesus – the One who did the impossible.
So dream big, go ahead and ask with confidence, for our hope is not in man but in:
“Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20