I’ve been trying too hard lately.
It’s kind of funny, really, because the concepts of rest and abiding in Christ are such deeply rooted core values for me. I always want to be led by his presence. I only want to do what I see him doing.
But, well, sometimes I miss it. Sometimes I miss him.
The Holy Spirit has been graciously unveiling my eyes to some areas where I’ve been “missing it” for a while now. It’s been hard, but also so good. It’s good because whenever he brings revelation, it’s always redemptive. As a result, my heart is pretty “sensitized” at the moment. So it didn’t take long when I realized I was doing it again …
I was trying too hard.
This time, I was trying too hard to write something meaningful.
Christmas is at hand. The end of the year is approaching. I wanted to end on a high note. I wanted to able to write something that really mattered. Because I tend to be pretty sensitive to the fact this time of year is difficult for many, I feel like my recent posts have been a little heavy. I wanted to write something different. Something inspirational. Something encouraging and uplifting.
Maybe even something just a little profound (well, one can hope).
It only took a few moments of heading down that path to start feeling the tension in my gut. It only took a few moments to realize …
I just left Peace behind.
So I turned around. I hid myself in him. I took a deep breath …
And let go.
As I did, I felt myself relax immediately. The burden to “accomplish” something lifted. My mind became clear. With my focus back where it needed to be, I realized what was really on my heart. And what’s really on my heart is this …
Simply that you will get a fresh glimpse of his.
Because his heart is so breathtakingly, amazingly, and stunningly beautiful. There is no way to ever apprehend too much of his heart. No way. Ever. It just isn’t possible.
With that in mind, I offer these simple prayers from my heart to yours:
~ I pray that you will be released from worry and weariness. The Child born to us is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father … and the Prince of Peace. He is the One who gives us rest. Find your life hidden in Christ and you will find rest for your soul.
~I pray that you will remember wonder. No matter how amazing, or not so amazing, your days have been of late, there are untold wonders to behold in the miracle of Christmas. Discover them again (and again, and again, and again). Discover the wide-eyed, jaw-dropping, reason-defying reality of Immanuel–God with us. Now. Always. Forever. Wow.
~ I pray that you will become lost in worship. Worship in its purest sense is simply a response to his presence. In his presence is fullness of joy. In his presence grumbling turns to gratitude. In his presence chaos turns to calm. In his presence we are present–fully engaged and fully alive. May you glimpse the beauty of his holiness and be forever ruined by the sight.
~ I pray that you will feel the weight of your worth to him. Literally. That you will feel it. Some things can’t be taught or explained–they need to be experienced. So I pray for the experience of his love to invade your heart like never before. That you will know, really know, what you mean to him. He came for you. He stayed for you. He’s here–now–for you. And he’ll never leave.
That’s pretty much it. No new, exciting revelation. No rousing inspirational message. Certainly nothing terribly clever or profound. Just a few simple prayers …
From my heart to yours.
This Christmas may wonder and worship fill your heart as you stand in the presence of the One who loves you more than life!