Luke 2:10 “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.”
My three-year old stops my Christmas story-telling to ask me question number seventeen:
“Mom, what does behold mean?”
In effort of not losing momentum, I say it means to look and then read the verse again using the synonym mentioned. And he was content. Until he had thought about it for a bit. Question #18 soon followed:
“But, Mom, why didn’t the angel just say to look?”
And this is example number 3,867 of how God uses my toddler to speak to me. To teach me a lesson. Why did the angel use the word behold? What is the significance?
And for the 12,842nd time, I click on my search engine to answer questions of a boy 30 years my junior.
be·hold (Be`hold´): To perceive through use of the mental faculty; comprehend
To direct the eyes to, or fix them upon
To look upon, to gaze at
To see with attention (You have to be a good observer to see all the details)
To perceive through sight or apprehension
Give regard to, to hold into view
And I can’t help but wonder: Do I Behold Him?
Do I regard Christ in my day-to-day? Are my eyes fixed on Jesus to the point where I don’t want to look away, but want to study Him. Personify His actions, portray His mannerisms. Linger on His every word. Do I behold Him?
I’m reminded of a post I read recently from the lovely Barbie @
My Freshly Brewed Life (read the post here).
She mentions her pastor sharing the message of
“What you behold, you will become.”
And I can’t help but wonder: Who am I becoming?
My thoughts journey back to the shepherds, hearing what they need to behold. Of my child wanting to know what the angel was really asking them to do. And I realize, I was way off.
To behold doesn’t mean to look.
It means to never stop. To never lose sight. To hold your gaze so unwaveringly that you become what you are holding.
Yes, Lord, I hear You. I will strive to never let go. To never lose sight.
This Christmas season, I will behold Jesus.
And what a sight my Savior is…
How about you? How do you behold Him? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
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