Zipping around Blogland, I'm finding many friends who are slogging along in the otherwise fast-paced Christmas Lane this year. They're not even sure why their holiday engines just aren't revving up like they normally do in December.
Well folks, I'm right their crawling along with you.
Of course, the past ten Christmases (or so) I've slowed way down and cut way back and gone all calm and laid-back in progressive degrees. Or tried to, anyway. One year it hit me that I just didn't like doing Christmas the way we (and everybody else) were doing it. In fact, you might recognize the old grapevine Christmas tree, above, from my post about Instant Christmas. (Read that and you'll either laugh or be scandalized.)
Well guess what? We don't even have that pitiful little tree anymore! It didn't survive Debra's Big Ruthless Decluttering Adventure of 2007, for the whole kit-and-kaboodle, decorations still on the poor thing, was given away.
Want to be further traumatized? Not that we had many Christmas decorations anyway, but I whittled those all down into one white file box before we moved. I got the box out of the attic this week--it's only half-full. Hey, I kept only the decor I liked, and well, that was it. Half a file box.
But you know? I can't help it. I keep hearing God say, "It's okay, Debra. Relax. Just do Christmas the way I tell you to... and everything will be all right."
And Folks, I'm just crazy enough to believe Him. He's got this amazing, incredible track record from the past. Many has been the time I've spent 6 weeks or 6 months or even 6 years trying to accomplish Something Great when--finally--I allowed God to take over and give me new ideas and bam! In six minutes or one hour Something Great happened because God used my words or my hands or my eyes or my pen or my computer board to show Himself to a hurting soul. And He brought healing.
Oh the miracles when I get out of the way.
And perhaps that's the message for this Christmas, too... the reason for our Yule Time sluggishness. Maybe God is trying to hold us still so we'll listen awhile to His ideas... so He can teach us His ways, instead. After all, His ways are higher, so much higher, than our own. And they always will be.
"Be still and know that I am God..."
"So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]." Romans 8:4 (Amplified)
In case you missed it, here's my post about making gift-giving saner by far..