Christmas is such a busy time!
Every year, I find myself in a flurry of never-ending to-do lists, rushing from one half-finished task to the next, getting more and more stressed the nearer it gets to Christmas Eve. Celebration meals to plan, buy and prepare. Gifts to choose and wrap. Cards or emails to write and send. The house to decorate. Charity donations. Book deadlines. A zillion other things (possible slight exaggeration).
The season that should be a time of joy and peace ends with me grumpy and irritable, feeling anything but love and goodwill!
I’m guessing that maybe I’m not the only one to feel that way?
This year has been a powerful process of God teaching me to surrender to Him more and more. It hasn’t always been easy! Now, He’s teaching me to rest in Him. To listen to the whispers of Spirit and do all He asks me to and all I need to do, but to stop the stressing and the rushing and the worrying. To let go of all that is not Him and His Love.
He’s teaching me that I can get so much more done when I’m still before Him, knowing that He is God and resting in His loving arms, than when I’m running around stressed.
I’ve been listening to this piano cover version of Word of God Speak, and praying the words.
God is reminding me that the meaning of Christmas is Jesus, the Word made flesh. He’s reminding me that being at a loss for words might be part of His plan for me (I’m thinking of all the books I planned to write this year and didn’t!). That to know Him, I need to be quiet. That resting in Him is the only place to find peace, and to find my self.
Advent isn’t just a reminder that Jesus is coming, but something even more wonderful. It’s a reminder that He is with us now, and we can rest in Him.
Not just at Christmas, but all year.
And that makes me smile!