On a typical Sunday or Monday Shelley and I sit down to go over our calendars for the next couple weeks. This past week we sat down and realized we have something going on almost every day/evening between now and Christmas with 2 evenings left open. Somehow, we’ve scheduled ourselves straight thru Christmas. If we’re not careful we’re gonna miss the whole thing!
Don’t get me wrong, we’re doing a lot of “good” things between now and Christmas. However, it’s really easy to become so focused on what we do and who we are that we miss opportunities in the present. Specifically, time with our families and celebrating why we do all this stuff anyways:Jesus his birth, and the fact that he came to be present with humanity.
Matthew 1:23 quotes the prophet Isaiah who foretold that “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means God with us)
God came to be with us! He still desires that today. Jesus came to show us what God is like. While Jesus left this earth to prepare a place for us his brother James reminded us to draw near to God and he’ll draw near to you.
I’m hoping to be present, wherever God places me this Christmas season. This time of year we can become so busy we miss the whole point. I also love the chance this time of year gives to spend time focusing on the gift that God sent over 2,000 years ago.
Take a deep breath. Be present. Enjoy where God has you today or you just might miss something special this Christmas season.