FAITH, Prayer, Silence/Solitude

When God plans your Christmas for you.

(This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post It is also taken from my archives. We have our family celebration this weekend and I am busy buying groceries, baking, cleaning house. It will be wild forty-eight hours and I’m grateful for every minute of it.)

One one of the many benefits of blogging is that I have a record of my life, at least since I began. I decided to read some posts from past Christmas’s to see if I’ve learned anything.

This is one of those posts:

God is having a good laugh at my expense.

You probably recall that a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I wanted these Holidays to be my personal “quiet” journey to Christmas.


Then I wrote about my progress.

getting close to my goal

But God has different plans.

Not only are the days leading up to Christmas not going to be “quiet”;  they are going to be even “noisier” than usual. The details aren’t important but let’s just say that what I don’t get done in the next couple of days, what cookies I don’t get baked, etc., what craft items I don’t create, just won’t get done.

ready or not

I’ve wondered if I shouldn’t completely change the way I pray.

“OK, God. I’m yours. Have at it!”

interrupted plans

When will I ever learn that my plans don’t carry much weight with God?

When will I ever learn that God always knows what’s best? (By the way, it might not always feel that way.)

When will I ever learn that every time God interrupts my well-thought-out plans, it’s because He sees the bigger picture, the one I don’t see. I’ve learned that God knows what I need much better than I do.

So my “quiet journey to Christmas” is going to have to take place within me. Not in the circumstances surrounding me.

I feel strangely more intimate with Jesus this way because that’s how Jesus lived His life. He experienced peace within, even with all the “noise” around Him.

Let’s face it. Life is “noisy” anyway.

  • There are people to care for and watch over.
  • There are people to pray for.
  • There are people to visit.
  • There are people to listen to.
  • There are people to talk to.
  • There are people to love.

When we’re helping others, we are at our happiest and most peaceful anyway.  So when I re-think my plan, I realize I’m right where I should be and my quiet journey to Christmas is right on track.

I’m so glad God loves me enough to continue to interrupt my life.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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