I'm linking up this post with Five Minute Friday, where we write for five minutes on a given prompt. This week's word: ONLY.
Have you ever had an "Oh, it's only you" experience? One where you feel like another person doesn't see or value you at all?
Many years ago our young-adults group at our former church was having a sendoff for one of the couples in the group who were leaving to move to another city. The guy of the couple wanted to get a picture of the whole group, and he wanted himself and his wife in the picture too, so ... he handed me the camera and asked me to take the picture.
I was not a professional photographer nor in any way renowned for having good picture-taking skills. I'll probably never know what this guy was thinking, but the message I got was, "Let's see, who do I not care about having in this picture? I know, I'll ask Jeannie. After all, it's only Jeannie -- she won't be missed."
I wouldn't be at all surprised if everyone reading this post can point to a similar moment in their lives. A moment where the message they heard (regardless of what was intended) was "Oh. It's only you."
The Christmas story is full of people about whom most of us might say "Oh. It's only you."
Oh, it's only Mary. An unknown young woman from an obscure family.
Oh, it's only Joseph. A simple man with (ahem) a pregnant fiancee.
Oh, it's only the shepherds. Lower-class, rough-around-the-edges livestock watchers.
But God called Mary to be the mother of His Son. He gave Joseph the humble but crucial task of raising Jesus. He arranged for shepherds to receive the very first news of the Messiah's birth.
God sees and knows each one of us, even when we feel unseen.
He never says "Oh. It's only you."
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant."
(Song of Mary - Luke 1:46-48a)