My little nephew and I took off to clean horse stalls the other day. The only problem was the icy snow that enveloped outside. His mama dressed him warm with the exception of gloves. She had none that fit. That was okay though, he had pockets. Everything would work out fine…or so we thought.
Stepping out into a world of white, his eyes traced the snow covered driveway. “Where’s the rocks?” His little two-year-old voice begged.
I laughed. “They’re hiding underneath.”
Then, without further explanation, he bent and touched a handful of snow.
“No…” I said, but my voice faded. How could I chastise him? The deed was done and so innocent.
His eyes looked at me in panic. “It’s cold.”
“Yes, it is. That’s okay. I’ll get it off.” And I began to meticulously clean those little fingers.
We stayed outside for a bit longer, but ultimately, the cold won over the wonderment in his two-year-old eyes.
I think sometimes Christmas and life is like that too. We start out thrilled for a career, for a house, for our family, but as time passes, we may begin to dread in our hearts these very things.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
Sometimes in my worries and in my busyness, I forget how good God has been to me. He never changes that goodness. It’s constant, even when I can’t see. Sometimes the more blessings I have, the more blind I am to it.
Whether it’s Mondays, a mortgage, Christmas preparations, or something you hoped would happen by the New Year, I pray that you see. See with new eyes God’s goodness during this season.
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
And that my friends, is my challenge to you this week. Live with strength through Him who is good in all seasons.
In His blessings,