Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas on Purpose: stillness

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I was blessed with the gift of a quiet house yesterday.  Like quiet, as in everyone gone but me for 4 hours.  Seriously, best pre-Christmas present ever.  As a homeschooling mom I rarely get a quiet house, at least not for long.  So this was pretty special.  What made it even better is that it was clean and it was cloudy and grey outside, with threats of snow.  Perfect for sitting still.  Perfect for being, not doing.
With Christmas coming fast I can feel the temptation to plunge headlong into fits of busy and “just get it done already.”  I easily find myself rushing and stressed, not because I have any real reason to but because that is the pull of this world.  Busy.  Rushing.  Hurry.  Quick. 
But God came in the midst of all that.  In the middle of a crazy busy town, crowded with people.  In the middle of a required trip, that I’m sure neither Mary or Joseph wanted to take.  If you recall the story you’ll remember that Mary and Joseph had to go register in Bethlehem.  They and perhaps hundreds or thousands of other people all in Bethlehem at the same time.  So many that the inns were full and the streets were probably as crowded as the grocery store on Christmas eve.  And that is when God choose to bring his son into the world.  In the hustle and bustle, while the world was unaware he arrived.  And those blessed enough to hear the announcement and pay attention to the signs were able to come and worship. 
But I wonder how many looked backed on that night and realized they missed it.  Realized that they had seen the star too, and heard the distant sounds of angel choruses.  But their busy lives caused them to overlook the most important event ever. 
I don’t want to be one of those people.  I don’t want to overlook the birth of Christ.  That is why a quiet, peaceful house was so vital to me yesterday.  It slowed my spirit.  I put on some coffee and pulled out the whipped cream.  I sat with the quiet and reflected on Christ’s birth.  That peaceful state of mind caused me to be in the right frame of heart.  That doesn’t come with hustle and bustle, it only comes through stillness. 
That stillness needs to be fought for.  But it’s worth it.  It really is.  As Christmas comes closer I find that my need for stillness gets larger.  Just like Mary pondered everything in her heart, I long for quiet contemplation.  It puts me in the right frame of mind to receive the greatest gift I’ve ever known. 
Don’t get lost in the bustle.  Take the time for quiet.  Make time for rest.  Even if just for a few minutes. 
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