Instead of a loud thought God had a very precious gift for me on this quiet Christmas day. He needed me to be still in order to receive His gift. And once I stopped trying to fill the void He placed this stocking on my lap. He had me just where He wanted me, in the stillness of this day. There were no distractions, no places to go and no one around to interrupt our time together. So, I decided to sit peacefully in the palm of my Savior hand. I eventually pulled from my stocking the gift of peace and tranquility. And for a few hours I just enjoyed the silence and the sweetest time with Him. But I was still kind of hoping that there was an "aha moment" under the tree. I just didn't find or feel it for that matter. At least that's what I initially thought.
One by one, as the morning progressed, thoughts began to fill my head. And the Martha in me gradually returned. I made some coffee and breakfast. And began gathering the ingredients for my contribution to Christmas dinner. Finished up some touches on a gift to be delivered later today. And now, here I sit. Blogging. And to be honest I wasn't sure a thought was ever going to come to my head to blog about. But here it goes. My blog about how God turned my nothing into an abundance of something.
The past few weeks have been full of running around and searching for the perfect gifts. I had been under the weather for weeks and truly wasn't feeling in the Christmas spirit. I went to the mall a handful of times and left empty handed a majority of those time because I couldn't come up with an idea. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to get for the precious people in my life. And, much like this morning, my thoughts were blank. I remember walking through Macy's and praying that the Holy Spirit would give me the strength to get through this spree without passing out. And that I would be successful in purchasing at least something. He came through. I was able to get sweaters for all the men. And a few additional little treasures. And I didn't pass out. There was still more to get done. Even though I never did get a handle on gift giving ideas somehow I managed to get things done. My husband was a great help! He gave me some direction. I am so blessed.
Often we go through the holiday season feeling the need to give, give and give some more. We get sucked into the idea that the more things we give the more we show our love. We spend more money than we should, frantically searching for that perfect gift that would or could reflect just how much we love our loves. But wait! We got it all wrong. Year after year falling into the same trap as the year before. We use things as a way to gage ones love for another. You see as I walked from store to store to store I couldn't find a single thing that would or could reflect just how much I love any individual on my gift list. Yes, there were items that might prompt a smile. But there wasn't a single purchasable gift that would show the magnitude of my love.
However, this morning, as I silently sat with my Lord and Savior there was a gentle whisper. A faint little reminder of the best gift I could ever give to the ones I love. It was my "aha" gift that I was searching so desperately for. I was so caught up in finding the perfect gift, the perfect words to share today, that I couldn't see or hear what was right in front of me. God purposely blessed my morning with peace and tranquility because He knew I needed to be still. And He also made me and knows stillness is often difficult for me. In order for me to receive the perfect gift I needed to sit with peace in my heart first. And then He whispered, "You've lost sight of what is needed. Trust in Me. For I have already given all of you the most precious gift of all, Salvation. And in your stocking I have placed peace, tranquility, wisdom and faith. Everyday for the rest of your life I will give you a fresh fill of grace. These gifts you need to share on a continual basis. They are tools to show the reflection of the greatest love. Remember the best gift is free and will cost you nothing. I loved the world so much that I gave you my one and only Son. He came into this world to carry not just your sins but all mankind's sins and transgressions. He is Immanuel, the Prince of Peace. And this day, Christmas Day, is the day that was designated for all to take a moment to reflect on this gift." The Lord sweetly and gently reminded me that it's not the presents but His presence that is the greatest gift.
I pray that you are all feeling the blessings of this day. May your hearts be overflowing with peace, grace and love.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." ~Romans 15:13
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" Isaiah 9:6