If you are like me, every year I have to remind myself to be still. In other words, don’t get caught up with the holidays. And to prepare my heart, to prepare my heart. No, I didn’t just type that statement twice. It’s like pre-gaming with Jesus.
Last month I asked for a time of peace to be still so that I can celebrate the true reason for the season, Jesus’ birth. Apparently God had a different plan for me. He blessed me with a full life coming into December. That’s my perspective and I’m sticking to it. But I think He blessed me in this way as a challenge. I believe that God wants me to work for the peace that I am seeking. And He knows, I am not doing a great job at it. Yet, even though life has been a non-stop whirlwind for me, I can’t help but sit back now and see all the wondrous ways that God has shown up unexpectedly in my holiday hustle.
Here are some ways I’ve seen Him pursue me in the past few weeks, day in and day out.
He has been calling me to prayer. I have some friends and family members who have started this season with a rough bump. God has called me to be a light for them in prayer. In this way, He has given me opportunities to sit still and seek His heart for my friends and family.
He sends me love notes:
When life gets rough, He tugs at me to get my attention in ways least expected. For instance, He sent me a little reminder via Instagram that said “You can’t be a well-watered woman if you aren’t coming to the well.” If that’s not God pursuing me I don’t know. This has been my posture all month whereas the prior months I have been in His word consistently. And another message He sent through IG that said, “God rarely reveals himself to people who are rushed.” Ok, I get it Lord. He is persistent, I’ll give Him that.
As I sat down to prepare my heart to write this post, I put on some Christmas music. Through the years, I have come to understand and appreciate the true meaning behind the Christmas story. I love how Christmas songs tell His story in lyrics. It breaks my heart to hear the story of Mary and baby Jesus in the song Just a Girl by Brandon Heath. Or have my thoughts provoked by This is Christmas by Kutless. “What is Christmas if there never was a savior wrapped in a manger?” Then there is How Many Kings by Downhere. I love this song. In worship, God reminds me of his unfailing love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16. “How many fathers gave up their sons for me? Only one did that for me.” Worship is the Gospel with a melody, I’ve heard it said.
So, although I haven’t had a chance to be still and dig into my Advent study as I hoped, God shows up. God is speaking to me everywhere. He constantly reminds me that Jesus is the reason for the season. Thank you God for the gift of your son Jesus!
If you are struggling to find peace in this season, I challenge you to see Gods heart chasing you today. My prayer for you is that no matter the state of your current situation, through unexpected ways you will find the true reason for the season.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!