Anyone who knows me know that I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!
In fact, 4 people posted memes on my Facebook wall, celebrating that November means it’s time to begin the Christmas fun!
I’m one of those. . . you know, one of those people who pulls out the Christmas music and movies the day after Halloween and likes my house to be fully decorated by Thanksgiving.
I do these things because December 1st-25th is such a short time to fully enjoy all the beauty, traditions, fun and music that is Christmas! So I like to extend the celebration out a little longer than most!
But this year is different.
The Lord told me that this year, I’m not supposed to focus on Christmas in November. I am not supposed to turn my eyes to what’s ahead. I’m supposed to be present in my today, aware of what God is doing now.
We tend to be people who are always looking for the next thing. We eat breakfast and immediately think about lunch. People get married and we automatically ask when they’re going to have a baby. We don’t stay in the present very well.
If we always look past the present, we can miss the purpose and blessings of the moment that God currently has us in. We are where we are for a reason!
And whether we are in a good season or a difficult one, there is something God is trying to teach us, heal in us, or show us about Himself right now.
Ecclesiastes 1:3-8, 11 says,
“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”
In this season of thankfulness, I am challenged to thank Jesus for where I am at right now. To thank Him for Who He is and where He has me in this moment of my life. Even when I’m confused or unsure of what He’s doing.
Thankfulness changes my perspective and my heart. It causes me to look for the goodness of God in my present moments instead of just surviving the day or being overwhelmed by how I feel.
And when we look for God’s goodness each day – we find it! He reveals Himself and His love for us in the beauty of His creation, in the kindness of a friend, in surprise gifts or in unexpected ways – ways we often miss when we are focused on ourselves or looking past where we are at right now.
Will you join me in staying present today? In thanking God for what He has allowed now and what He is doing? We will see Him in our present moments if we look for Him!
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”