Every year we drive around looking at Christmas lights. Before we leave the house, my children color pictures of the nativity. On each picture we write the note “Thank you for displaying the reason for the season”.
As we drive around, we look and look…and look for Jesus – and when we find him, we clap and cheer and hoot and holler and daddy pulls the car over so one of the children can slip their picture into the homeowner’s paper box.
Look at this house – wow…
I spy a nativity below – hooray!
Next house – wowsa beautiful…
Next house – ding ding ding – we have a winner!!!
Just as my kids have to look hard to find Jesus in the midst of the lights and displays, we too must train our hearts to look for Jesus. This world has so many distractions that keep us from practicing the presence of God in our lives. As a result we miss God completely and do life on our own.
The 4 D’s of Christmas
1.) Dread. Some of us DREAD Christmas. As soon as the Christmas trees go up in Walmart and Christmas music begins to play on the radio – we get anxious about all the work, money spent and people we have to be around during the holidays.
2.) Drained. Some of us start out well. We are excited about all the wonderful days ahead and we volunteer to lead things and plan to make 10 different types of cookies, do elaborate wrapping and decorate our homes to the hilt. But come December 26th – we are exhausted and drained.
3.) Depressed. Christmas is a hard time of year for so many of us who have an empty chair at the table because of the loss of a loved one or a broken relationship. For others – there’s someone in the chair you really wish wasn’t there. And still for others, it’s a time of loneliness or of reflecting over the past year and it can be overwhelming emotionally.
But there’s one ‘D’ we all should pursue…
Psalm 119:24 says, “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.”
In the midst of our dreading, draining and depression –the Lord’s word is to be our delight.
His word is to be our comfort and guide. He will lead us away from the dread, drained and depressed feelings by His good wisdom…but just as my children have to look for Jesus in the midst of the Christmas lights- we must fight to see Jesus in this season. We must look to Jesus.
Isaiah 9:6 says:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Baby Jesus in the manger is not a warm fuzzy story for our children. He’s a strong fortress for you and me to cling to!
This child born in Bethlehem – the Savior of the world – is our Wonderful Counselor!
Wonderful means – extremely good and delightful!
But we must look for Jesus in His word.
We must look to Jesus in prayer.
We must make time to delight in his statues – that is His word.
Friends, let’s rise above the first 3 D’s – and drink from the living well – the living waters of God – and be women living well as we celebrate the birth of our Wonderful Counselor.
“If you have a better relationship with the Lord at the end of the holiday celebrations, you have had a very successful holiday.”
~ Penny Thrasher, Putting God Back in the Holidays
Walk with the King,
**Chime In: What passage of scripture or devotional are you reading during the month of December?