Grace For The Journey
Well, Christmas has come and gone. Many are recovering from, and perhaps even celebrating, the end of the “Holiday Rush.” How did it go for you? See if any of the following were things you said, or were said to you . . .
- “Hurry up! We’re running late for the Johnny’s / Sally’s performance!”
- “Hurry up! We’ve got to finish decorating the tree before all the needles fall off!”
- “Hurry up! We’re going to miss the start of the Christmas pageant!”
- “Hurry up! All the sale items will be sold by the time we get to the store!”
- “Hurry up! We need to get home with these groceries to finish the baking!”
- “Hurry up! We’ll never get all these presents wrapped in time!”
- “Hurry up! We need to leave this party and get to the next one!”
I am sure that we could add many more this list:
It seems like we spend the days prior to Christmas hurrying from place to place so that we can check off all our Christmas season “things-to-do.” By the time we get to Christmas day, we are so frazzled from this almost month-long marathon that we find it hard to remember the reason for the season!
There is an important reminder about this in God’s Word. The Bible says in Luke 2:16, “And they (The shepherds) came with haste (hurried off) and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe, lying in the manger.”
Those shepherds remind us of the kind of holiday hurry that should mark the lives of God’s people, not just at Christmas but every day.
- Instead of hurrying to the store we should hurry to our Savior.
- Instead of hurrying to the party we should hurry to our Prince of Peace.
- Instead of hurrying to wrap all those presents we should hurry into the presence of the One who offers the greatest gift of all.
When was the last time you hurried off to spend some alone time with Jesus? As someone has said, “There is more to life than increasing its speed!”
These shepherds understood what kind of hurry would be best. They hurried off, not to the marketplace or the mall, but to a stable where our Lord was to be found, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger next to Mary and Joseph and some animals.
So . . . you slowed down long enough to read this far. That’s good! As you reflect on these thoughts, would you have to admit that you’ve been pressing harder to get your “to-do” list done than to draw near to the Savior? Regardless of the answer, fear not! During these last days of December, let me encourage you to hurry off to the Holy One, just as those shepherds did. They knew that the only kind of Holiday Hurry that would truly profit their souls would be the one that led them to the Christ-child Who would one day go to the cross to pay the ransom for their sins.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”