My laptop, phone, and car all rebooted themselves this week. For some reason, they restarted themselves, went back to “square one” as if turned off and then on.
For example, I hopped into my car this morning and instead of being able to drive off, the Tesla logo appeared on my screen. I had to sit there, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the car to reboot itself. It didn’t take all that long, but I wasn’t expecting it. After a minute, the software and car were ready, and I drove off.
When there is an unscheduled reboot, it’s never a convenient time. It’s always in the middle of something that seems more important. You are forced to sit there and wait.
But it gives you a moment to stop and think about life.
Think of the unscheduled reboots on that first Christmas.
Angels arrive with unexpected messages.
Mary becomes pregnant.
Joseph marries early.
Forced travel to Bethlehem.
Jesus is born in a cave.
These, and more, are all part of that first unscheduled Christmas reboot. They had a choice to shake their fists in anger at God and people. Or to consider that this “reboot” was part of a bigger plan than they could immediately see.
And a big part of that first Christmas reboot was to eliminate fear.
Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
And isn’t that a reboot we could all use this Christmas?