Waiting for Christmas

 

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14 NLT

I’ve never been good at waiting.

Especially for Christmas.

I still remember pressing my tiny hands against the chilly living room window on Christmas Eve.

A year’s worth of naughty and nice all came down to this!

Maybe the milk and cookies set out for Santa might sway things in my favor?

Yet, in the wait, anticipation twirled in my tummy as worries wrapped around my little girl heart.

Thoughts like…

Am I good enough?

Will I get what I asked for?

Does he see me?

Is he even for real?

Waiting can give us hope or smother our joy.

Can’t it?

Fast forward to the future of today.

Familiar questions resurface like ghosts from Christmases past…

Perhaps they’re visiting you as well?

Am I good enough?

As a child, I took the lyrics of this Santa tune literally:

“He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”

As an adult, I’ve spent some sleepless nights wondering the same thing about God.

Haven’t you?

If He knows if I’ve been bad or good (He does), and I can’t always be good (for goodness sake), will He still love me?

Does He still love me?

Oh, sweet soul, here’s the thing.

We don’t have to wait to be “good enough” to receive God’s love. 

It’s been a part of us all along.

His love gave us life.

It flows through our beings like breath from above!

Our perfection-seeking performance doesn’t pave our way to heaven.

Jesus does.

Jesus has.

Let’s pitch our doubts in the dumpster of lies and believe this truth:

We. Are. Enough.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38 NLT

Will I get everything I asked for?

One of my favorite childhood Christmas traditions was writing a “Dear Santa” letter.

After the usual polite greetings…How are you? How is Mrs. Claus?…..I got to the best part.

You know, the part about me.

The real reason for my one-sided correspondence.

And, too often, the only reason that I pray.

Just sayin’…

Have you ever prayed, pleaded, or begged God to answer your prayers, only to pout when things didn’t go your way?

Me too, sister.

Yet, how many times do we get to the point of our prayers without even a praise in His direction?

Lovely, let’s not wait to change the way we pray…putting our Father first with all the grateful that we’ve got!

“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell of the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2 NLT

Does he see me?

My wish from the window that Christmas Eve was for a Santa sighting.

Even a glimpse of Rudolph’s very shiny nose would have been cool.

But now, when I marvel upwards, I wonder if God is looking back, seeing my smile or my tears or my current situation.

You too?

In the waiting, we wonder if He sees us.

Like, really SEES us?

Oh, how we wonder.

Yet, in the darkness of our wait, His light continues to shine.

He sees what we don’t.

Man, I’m so incredibly grateful for that.

So, can we trust His timing?

Or, let’s ask what we really want to know…

Can we trust Him?

In a word,

Yes.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT

Is he even for real?

This sentimental chick will always love Santa.

He continues to draw big ole smiley faces in the book of my Christmas memories.

But, nowadays, my true joy comes from Jesus.

He is for real.

He is for us.

He is forever.

He gave us the greatest gift of all.

Himself.

And, that’s more beautiful than anything we’ll find under our sparkly tree…

Or, anywhere else.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3;16 NLT

Christmas is around the corner, y’all.

Instead of waiting for Santa, I seek stillness with my Savior.

My thoughts return to that silent night all those years ago.

When so many were waiting for Christmas.

Mary.

The Shepherds.

Even the “armies of heaven” — whoa!

And, so were we, beloved.

Even before we knew it…so were we.

“O holy night the stars are brightly shining

It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.”

May your soul feel its worth this Christmas and always, precious one.

Love to you and yours. XOXO

(“He know your hurt. He knows your name. And you’re the very reason that He came.” –Casting Crowns/Somewhere In Your Silent Night.)

Spread your joy,

tina

4 Comments

  1. So soul touching…as if written just for me. Always just what I need to hear no matter the subject matter! God uses your willing heart to bless my mess with each and every published word. Thank You!

    1. YOU bless me, sweet friend, just by being you. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement. Thinking of you with love, especially at Christmastime. XO

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