It’s here! It’s Christmas! It’s the birth of Jesus. It’s when astrologers and farm animals treated Jesus better than religious people. It’s lights, music and people giving.
And I am NOT in the Spirit right now.
I prayed, I have given. I have asked God how I can help.
But I am blah. I think I am depressed. A young local man was in an accident and broke his neck. A local woman is in a hospital out of state fighting for her life. A loving family has lost their son.
Many others are spending this Christmas arguing with loved ones or sad because this year the one they cared the most about has passed.
I walked my dogs by a friend’s house who is no longer with us and I got mad that she is gone.
Wow. That doesn’t sound very merry does it?
But it is truth. People are hurting. Many are sad. And I may have lost my excitement this year.
So I turned on a preacher. He said Faith. Where is your faith?
In one of my most favorite Christmas movies - the black and white version of Miracle on 34th Street, Natalie Wood says, “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.”
Looking with my eyes, life is kind of sad.
But looking at situations with the eyes of Jesus, Suddenly my mood is lifted! I am in expectant Faith!
God I don’t know what you are doing but I can’t wait!
You sent your son to die for me. You have a plan. I act like a child when I get down because I didn’t get what I wanted.
Often it is darkest before the dawn.
This past couple of years has brought more people to Jesus than any other. The lines between good and evil have grown so tremendously that it is easier to see.
But God. It is remembering I am not in charge of it all. It is remembering that there IS A PLAN. Even when I can’t see it.
So maybe this Christmas I start praying a little more. Maybe I get on my knees which by the way isn’t as easy as it used to be.
Maybe my faith takes effort and exercise.
Once upon a time my faith was easy because God sent little “notes” to me. Miracles seem to happen quickly.
Years ago I had moved across the country. My faith was in its infancy. I said God I think I am ready for a cross. Suddenly, my car died on the side of the road. My first thought was I am never asking for anything ever again.
The tow truck came and brought me to the garage.
The mechanic was shaking and sweating. He said I don’t normally do this but I feel like I am supposed to. He handed me a small silver cross.
I was speechless. We limit God. I limit God. When things get hard, I push Him away or think this is all there is. But it isn’t true. There is more, much more. And if we live in expectant faith maybe it will exceed our expectations.
It always has before. The bible says, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6 New King James Version.
And it’s a reminder that it’s not about me. It’s about Him.
Merry Christmas everyone. Merry Christmas.
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