I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation
and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!
For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
I must confess that I spend far too much time pleading with my Abba for various issues. It isn’t that I am not grateful for the many blessings that He has given me. I have the best of intentions when I open up my prayer journal. I have no doubt that He knows how I feel about the blessings He showers me with. It just seems like every time I turn around there is another need, another chaotic moment, another crisis, another trial that I am talking to Him about.
During the days preceding this Christmas season I was seriously in the asking mode. All I wanted was to get six of the children under one roof for one night. With their spouses and children. It didn’t seem like too much to ask. But I knew how things usually go for our family so I was trying to control every aspect, every detail so that nothing could be left to chance. I knew however that only He could make sure that it happened. So I did what any self-respecting mother would do. I begged. And begged some more.
Well….He gave me what I asked for. Sort of.
The two townhouses we rented from a usually reliable source were absolute dumps with no internet, no laundry available, and limited cell service. This mattered because we were going to Skype and Facetime with grandparents who would be seeing us all together for the first time in more than 15 years, we were all traveling with barely enough space for an extra piece of paper, and we needed to be able to contact those who weren’t staying at the condos with pertinent information.
Then it rained. And rained. And rained some more.
The townhouses that were supposed to sleep 8 only slept 4 because the two sofa beds had no mattresses. The kitchen table in one house had 4 chairs. The other had 4 chairs. There were 12 adults. There were 10 children. You do the math. We did bring cots and portacribs for the children so at least they slept comfortably.
Yet God, in all His mercy and grace, showed up to cover every moment with His infectious joy and peace.
We played silly games and made crafts and ate lots of bacon.
We played in the rain.
We watched some movies, some football, and very little news.
We made memories.
There was a time when I thought that if I was good enough God would give me what I asked for. Now I know that He gives me what I ask for because He loves me so very much. And even when everything about it isn’t perfect or pretty, even when I am not on my best behavior, He will always be there to hand out His perfect peace.
I am praying that your holiday season was everything you needed it to be. I am praying that He showed up to love on you. Life can be full of frustrations and chaos but He is the author of peace so let Him write the lines of your story.
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