After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.

This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.

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The Ewok catapult. Like any catapult, the “ballistic device is used to launch a projectile a great distance”. (Thanks for that definition, Wikipedia.) A catapult can cause great damage, but it also takes skill to use. If you aren’t careful, you can not only miss your target entirely, waste your attack, and expose your location, but you can also do unintended damage to your side. It’s threading the needle…or when you used to bullseye a womp rat back home.

The Ewoks needed to be good in their catapult attacks against the Empire. They weren’t going to have many opportunities to strike the Empire’s forces in a timely manner to take down the shield generator…and thus lead to the downfall of the Evil Empire.

I’ve always been curious about the timing of Jesus’ birth. Throughout all of human history, when then? That particular moment was critical, though, to God for His redemption plan. Jesus came into this world, fulfilled the Laws, obeyed God’s commands, loved like no other, and defeated evil, sin, and death. As Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.” His influence and impact cannot be measured.

I often wonder about the timing of events in my own life. Why they happened when they did? Why not earlier, or later? Often, when some time has passed, I find myself grateful for the timing of events when in the moment I did not quite understand it. If an event would have happened earlier, or later, than it did, it wouldn’t have had quite the impact that it did when it happened.

I’m grateful Jesus is at the helm, making sure everything happens with maximum effect for His Kingdom.

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