I like Thanksgiving more than Christmas. Is that ok for me to say? It’s not that I dislike Christmas. Or that I dislike giving gifts. Or receiving Starbucks gift cards… (Hint. Hint.) Both holidays provide an atmosphere of thankfulness and appreciation that we choose to embrace. It’s not that I don’t enjoy traveling or eating or sharing or spending time with extended family. I do. We do that with both holidays. I think what it is, is, the busyness of it all. To me, and maybe this is just me, but it seems like with Thanksgiving there’s less of an agenda. Sure we plan and schedule and balance time with family and friends, but I think I like Thanksgiving more simply because Thanksgiving just is. It just is. The goal is just to be.
We carve out time just to be.
I love the portrait of Christ and His followers in Mark 4. Jesus’ disciples find themselves in a desperate situation as their boat is overwhelmed in a storm, at night, on the Sea of Galillee. Where is Jesus? Asleep. As He stands to His feet after being awakened by His panic-stricken followers, He “rebukes the wind, and says to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind dies down and it is completely calm” (Mark 4:39).
Here’s my point: Things are about to get busy. For you and your family. If they aren’t already. And odds are that between now and New Year’s some of us are going to find ourselves a bit overwhelmed. A little overextended. Slightly (ok, maybe more than just slightly) overcommitted. And maybe even more than moderately stressed.
My prayer, is that we would allow Christ to step in and bring calm. That we would be receptive of Him as He speaks stillness into our lives. That we would intentionally create opportunities to simply be still. And to carve out time to just be, with Him.
To “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
If we will, I believe we will find the seas of life a little calmer; and face the storms of life with a little more boldness.
Glory to God!