Yesterday I found myself searching … for rest, recovery, energy, motivation, healing, last minute gifts, contentment.
Do you ever find yourself searching for something just out of reach? Me too. Too many times than I care to admit.
While scrolling through Facebook yesterday, I came across a really awesome video clip from The Chosen.
You can find it HERE
About this time, I was preparing to get my sick self (hit with a nasty cold 4 days before Christmas 🙁 ) up from a nap to tackle my last minute to-do gift list and grab a few groceries to feed the family for Christmas weekend. Normally, this activity would have me buzzing out the door with glee, but yesterday, I just wasn’t feeling it.
Nevertheless, covered in prayer, fueled by chai tea, meditation from the CALM App and an Aleve to keep my low grade temperature at bay, I loaded up the kids into the mini van and took off to tackle the last of my to-do list. Or should I say “to get” list?!
By the time we had finished and as the sun was setting over our paradise city, I passed a brand new hotel nearing completion across from the town’s marketplace. I thought nothing of it as we passed by other than to admire the always beautiful sunset that beams across the roadway in front of the marketplace.
This morning as I was waking up, I was overcome with humility. Here we are, 2 days before Christmas, nooks and crannies of the house brimming with every good and perfect gift for the kids, dog, family and friends while some 2000 years ago Mary and Joseph were traveling by foot and donkey to Bethlehem from Nazareth to register for the census. Luke Chapter 2
Mary was pregnant, about to give birth. Traveling to a new town, they searched for a place to rest. Obviously, there were not state of the art hotels like we have today. They had inns with a stable out back for the animals that traveled with them on their journey. Think parking garage for the mini van….. humbling…..
As I reflected this morning on my day yesterday, a habit I’ve come to love and cherish since becoming a Christ Follower…. another a ha moment hit me like a ton of bricks. Not a ton of bricks falling onto me to burden me, but a ton of bricks falling off of my back to lighten the load ….
‘ “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”’ Matthew 11:28-30 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.11.28-30
Praise the LORD, it’s what I’ve been praying for!
Diligently. Nonstop. All day long. Everyday! Hallelujah!
You see, yesterday, as I left the stores that we had chosen to go to while finishing our list, I realized that I left that shopping experience feeling dissatisfied. Not yet done. Never enough.
Would you agree with me that often times in this world … it’s never enough?
Hundreds of dollars in gifts and it’s never enough. Hours searching online and it’s never enough.
Mary rode into town, pregnant, thirsty, tired, hungry, sitting uncomfortably on the back of a donkey led by Joseph, soon to give birth.
I drive my family around in a nearly new mini van filled with pillows and blankets decorated with popcorn kernels, shoes, homemade slime and headphones bursting out of the seems. Literally.
Mary sipped from a canteen of shared water from a well,
handed to her by the kindness of a passer by…
We sip hot cocoa from a hot cocoa bar designed by our daughter, sprinkled with candy canes, chocolate chips with a splash of vanilla from Madagascar. Pretty enough to PIN on Pinterest
The angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds to foretell the GOOD NEWS.
We have technology positioned in every room of the house to search for knowledge from all ends of the earth.
Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable, laid the baby in a manger, covered him with swaddling cloths (strips of old discarded cloths) while the animals surrounded her and Joseph basking in the light of the night.
I buy toilet paper from Amazon Prime and have it shipped to my doorstep in two days while my kids play musical beds at night, cuddling up to 5 foot teddy bears.
So today, as I finished my daily devotional and journaled my thoughts … here you have it.
Humbled. No bragging rights. I have nothing of significance to give. Everything I search for in this world is meaningless. It doesn’t satisfy. The King in the book of Ecclesiastes writes it best. Ecclesiastes Intro
Nothing I can give or do will ever be enough. The gift has already been given. There is no greater gift the world has ever seen or will ever see. I can stop searching.
My kids don’t need another toy. They don’t need another stuffed animal. We need a deeper love and relationship with the Lord of Lord and King of Kings. Love God. Believe in Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. Confess sin and turn from it. Accept the Gift.
Love People. All people. Everywhere. That’s it. That is Enough!
‘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 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/JHN.3.16
This is Enough….
May this Christmas be different. May this Christmas leave you and me, your loved ones and mine, filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control. Even if you and I have failed 700 times… it’s never to late to accept the gift.
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