Surviving the Highs and Lows of Christmas
What is your favorite time of year? Is it spring with the signs of new life and new beginnings? Or do you relish a change of pace with the longer, warmer days of summer? Perhaps you love it when fall rescues you from the heat with cooler temps, autumn leaves and football. And then comes winter. You may not like cold weather but there’s something cozy and comforting about warm blankets, a crackling fire and hot chocolate.
Nature marks our years with the benefits and challenges of seasons. Where we live and what we do with the seasons is up to us.
The seasons of our lives are also marked with highs and lows. For example, did you notice how Christmas tried to steal Thanksgiving this year? I know. The powers that be are trying to boost the economy. Get out and shop! I suppose it’s good to get our shopping done early. But not at the expense of giving up Thanksgiving. Please!
What about you? Are the demands of the season stealing your peace and good will? I understand. For the first time in nine years, our whole family will be together. All nineteen of us! I’m so looking forward to being together and I plan to treasure every moment.
So, why have I been feeling stressed? Is it because of all I haven’t done and need to do? I think not. Over time, I’ve learned my stress level is determined more by my spiritual temperature than by people or circumstances. For the past few months, I’ve become increasingly more lax in my spiritual diet. My early mornings with the Lord have become fewer and farther between, leaving me frustrated and malnourished.
This morning, I decided to change my diet from fitful sleeping to focusing on my spiritual well-being. Do you remember what you used to say when trying to get your children to eat? I know because I said it many times. “Taste it; you’ll like it.”
Well, I tasted what God had for me this morning and I’m already feeling better. Check out the following scriptures; I’m pretty sure you’ll be pleased with what God has for you, as well.
”Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.” Psalm 34:8-9 NIV
The Hebrew word for taste means to perceive or to see. And The Message uses a different word for fear in verse 9. “Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.”
Imagine that. When we take the time to adore, revere and respect God, He in turn gives us a taste of His goodness. And His goodness is what gets us through the highs and lows of any season, especially Christmas. That’s a promise.
“Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together.” Psalm 33:18 19 The Message (italics for emphasis)
So dear readers, savor the Lord. For when you taste of Him, you will feast upon His goodness, regardless of your circumstances.
Meanwhile, enjoy a wonderful, peaceful Christ-filled Christmas and a hopeful New Year!