Concentration, routines, focus… all have a tendency to go out the window in December.  Finishing up the year end goals, setting up the New Year agendas, helping Santa with the shopping and ushering in world peace through the Infant King, all take time.  Any one of those things might make you start moving faster, running slightly, questioning your to-do list and everyone around you vying for attention.  Probably even your resolve to take life one day at a time is not really working.  You have to shift to one step, or one moment, anything that gets the multiple demands down to something manageable.  Here’s a simple suggestion, just start each day with the One.

Sometimes I try to imagine what the One was doing while He waited for His child of love to be born.  Did He work on His to-do list, anticipating the ways that the angels would tell the news or the earthly kings would celebrate?  Did He plan that stable where the baby would be born and stir up the known world with a mysterious sense that something big was indeed going to happen soon?   From what we know of the biblical accounts, He was busy.  He was building a game plan, getting all the players in place, setting the scene, getting the word out to the local sages of the day so they could start marketing His new plan.  Yes, He was taking care of all the details.  Some people were aware of what He was doing behind the scenes of course.  Some of His Angel VPs knew what was up, and certainly His key players, Mary and Joseph knew something amazing was happening.  The anticipated event must have kept all of them up many a night as they figured out just what it could all mean.

Like us, they had to take it one day at a time.  Oh, they could tell the future was going to be different.  They knew that things were going to change.  They knew, but they weren’t in control of any of it.  The One who planned this incredible event was the only one who knew how it would all play out.  He knew each day, each step, each moment, and all the ones that would follow that star-studded night in Bethlehem as well.

Perhaps as we anticipate the holidays, the end of the year options, the plans for another year and all those myriad of hopes and dreams that fill our minds like evening stars,  perhaps we could strive to remember the One.  The God of our hearts who orchestrated all that is, who knew you before you were born, who created the book of days and counts the hairs on your head, already knows your every need.  He knows how your efforts at that job will pan out, He knows how excited your kids will be when they discover their favorite things under the Christmas tree, and He knows that more than anything you need to take each day deliberately.  He knows that when you walk with Him, you won’t really have a need that slips by His attention.  You won’t have a worry that He isn’t already working on before you even get there.  He knows that all that is needed is for you to stop trying to do it all yourself, stop thinking it all depends on you, and start remembering that it all depends on Him.  After all, He planned for you to have an abundant life through the Divine presence of His infant Son.  He planned to turn on the Light of the World just for you.

So when everything seems like it is moving too fast…step aside from it…and concentrate on just one thing…the One who sees you, knows you, and loves you beyond measure!

  1. Nancy Brummett says:

    Karen–This is wonderful as always but particularly timely as I’m working on a talk for our Women’s Ministry Christmas Dinner. May I quote from this? (And give you credit, of course!)
    Thanks,
    Nancy

  2. Debra Stokes says:

    Karen,
    This was a message I needed to hear.

    We often take on the weight of the world when it really isn’t ours to bear(go figure!).

    Thanks for the gentle reminder that God IS in control.

    All the best,
    Debra

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