Sunday, December 20, 2009
When shopping for a large purchases, I look at the manufacturer warranties when I am weighing out the options I have. I assume that the longer the warranty, the more quality the item is. I think our human nature wires us to want guarantees in life. To have one feels like a safety net. Our decisions don't seem so final...because if we have some sort of a guarantee in hand, we have an avenue of recourse if things don't turn out as expected.
We often live our whole lives that way. We expect that tomorrow will be there..and the next day too. This week was going along like any other. Last minute Christmas details were being planned, Christmas cards getting addressed and adoption plans getting worked out...and then Tuesday ends with an emergency room visit--Wednesday held major neurosurgery for Aaron and by Thursday, we were all home in one place again. By Friday, no one would have known that our week held major life events such as these...while a bit stunned from the weeks events, we went on with what we had "planned" for our week...with a much bigger dose of thankfulness and a more intense realization that we are not guarenteed another day or even another hour in life.
Aaron is doing well. Things could have turned out much differently. And in one fleeting moment, we could have been launched into a new chapter in life. The moments of our lives are not held in our hands for us to direct. When we begin to live as if we are in control, we quickly lose sight of the Godly perspective that keeps us pointing to who holds our every breath. We are not guaranteed tomorrow...or the next day. They are a gift..and undeserved gift of grace. And it is a slippery slope we travel on when we lost sight of this reality.
And so, Lord willing, we will celebrate Christmas this week. It is so odd how such a humble, undecorated beginning for a magnificent king has turned into quite the opposite. We have all the decorations, bling and sparkle that were not present at the first Christmas and we have lost the baby and all his significance amonst the mounds of wrapping paper thrown around the room.
We do have a guarantee...that Jesus Christ will be the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change...he will not stop surprising us with His plan for our lives. He will not drop us from His most powerful and yet tender hands. This Christmas, I want to focus on one thing...the only guarantee that we will ever need...that life is not about us and our plans for the future. It is about the indescribable joy and peace that comes from knowing that an all-powerful, all-knowing God is granting us each and every breath we take.
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