Proverbs 16:1– Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word (MSG).
Home economists tell us to take great precautions when thawing a turkey. If we are thawing it on the counter, it must be covered in fresh, cold water. If we can find room for the thing in the fridge, it lingers there for a day till all the ice is gone, it’s ready to cook and company is arriving.
Hopefully, these events occur at the same time! Don’t count on it. We’ve held Christmas for many years now. No turkey has ever co-operated. I always have to pry and chip away at the middle to make room for stuffing. Determined to succeed this year, I brought Mr. Tom out of the freezer a few days earlier. This fellow melted fast! We are eating him now. The family will be having ham.
No matter how hard we try, Christmas never seems to measure up to our expectations. We think if we buy more, bake or invite more, the holidays will be more fulfilling. Are we going at this the wrong way? What if we did less? What if our holiday falls flat because we leave out the reason for the season? What would happen if we put Jesus first and removed countless other items?
Prayer: Immortal God, forgive us when our emphasis is on Christmas trappings and not on you and your Son. You know about our worldly, overblown plans and see them for the foolishness they are. Help us to spend our time on what counts eternally. In Christ’s name. Amen.