Sometimes, we get a very specific picture in our minds of what a Christmas celebration SHOULD look like with our families. It has to be like it has always been. Or it has to be Pinterest-worthy.
And if things don’t go exactly as planned, it’s easy to get upset, frustrated, or irritated. Maybe even… devastated.
This weekend, all of our carefully-made plans may not go perfectly. Flights may be canceled. Relatives may get sick and family gatherings may not be able to happen as we had hoped. Weather could cause delays. Our beautiful pork roast may get burnt. The power could go out. We may forget Aunt Sally’s gift in our rush out the door.
But here’s a word I’d love for us all, myself included, to keep in mind.
God is with us! Even when things seem to go wrong.
That is the most beautiful thing about Christmas. We have Emmanuel. God with us. We have Jesus. We have every spiritual blessing and provision in Christ.
We have a sovereign Lord who rules over the universe, each nation, and our families with love. He knows our needs. He knows His good purposes for us. He knows how to accomplish what is best for us.
So when circumstances don’t go the way we had hoped they would, what if we decide to be content in Christ even in the midst of messed-up plans?
Let’s make room for Jesus to work in the midst of the imperfection.
The plans are not as important as living a life of love for God and pouring out His love for those around us.
What if we invite God to work His beauty into the mess? And we let Him open our eyes to opportunities to share Jesus, spread hope, and be an example of Christ?
What if we roll with whatever unforeseen problems may come, ready to be flexible and to make the most of whatever hand we may be dealt?
This weekend is a priceless gift.
May we savor each moment and cherish the little blessings. May we allow room for Christ in our hearts that He may shine like a beacon of hope to everyone around us no matter what may happen.
Who knows? Perhaps God will bring eternal fruit because we were willing to find contentment in Christ this Christmas in new ways that bless those around us and bring joy to the heart of Jesus.
- Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Tim. 6:6-8
- For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:10
Much love, dear sisters!
And Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Do you have wisdom you’d like to share on this subject of finding contentment even when your wonderful plans take a big turn for the worst?
We’d love to hear about it!