It’s that time of year when thoughtful, organized mom’s send little care packages to college kids studying for final exams. Because I am one of those less-organized moms, my daughter didn’t get one of those timely little care packages. So I decided I would be the care package and hit the road for a festive 24 hour visit.
As I merged onto I-95 North I started thinking… “I can’t wait to see my daughter and have quality time with her without all the “stuff” that home base requires of me.” Then I thought that I secretly (although not a secret anymore) was happy to be getting away, even if it was just for the peace and quiet of the car ride. I think all the pre-Christmas work and craziness may have taken a bit of a toll on me. Hmm, this trip may not have been entirely motivated by selfless love and kindness.
Maybe I wanted to get away, if just for 24 hours, from my dear mother who thinks it has been Christmas Eve ever since July. Every time someone walks in her door she asks them how their Christmas was. Their faces are priceless! Kinda sweet, I know, but after a while, you’re like, “Enough already!” Add to that, getting away meant not dealing with “starting” my own Christmas shopping. Yes, starting.
My thoughts drifted from the highway to my recent trip to the mall. Do my kids need one more flannel shirt when so many people are freezing? Nope, I will go home and go through their things and high tail it over to our local shelter! OK, now I’m feeling a little less selfish again. Good for me. Right?
Thoughts and lovely ideas of how I am going to make our family Christmas extra special this year fill my mind and then, in an instant, good feelings over! My car was hit by a sudden gust of wind that practically jolted the steering wheel right out of my hands! Then it struck again like a shark attack. This time It felt like the sunroof was about to blow right off the top of my car.” Yikes!
Then, it happened. Right ahead of me, one of those large, orange and white barrel-like construction markers blew right into my lane. I look to swerve to my right but there is a large truck right next to me, no room to swerve. Ahead of me, a steady stream of cars going at least 60 miles per hour; behind me, the same. This was going to be an accident and it wasn’t going to be pretty.
Right when I thought I was a goner… enter God’s protection! That haphazard orange and white flying bombardment made a crazy fast flipturn to the left clearing my car by inches; creating a safe passage. I immediately thanked God for sending His shield of protection and prayed for those behind me.
The wind kept up like this for the entire, white knuckle drive. Gratefully, I had remembered a piece of wise advice my mom had instilled in me at a young age. “Never, never go out on the road without praying for protection first!”. I had done that and God took care of me. No doubt in my mind… this was a miracle. Thank you God and thank you Mom!
This week, as you head out to various destinations, Christmas parties and gatherings, be alert to your surroundings and those around you. Enjoy quality time while you have it. Along with praying for protection, don’t let a moment pass where you could warm the heart of a loved one or a stranger.
We are not just heading into a “holiday” week, we are heading into a “Holy” week. If you’re going to be “blown-away” this Christmas, don’t let it be by your new I-phone 18 or your amazing trip to here or there. Let it be by the miracle of God coming to and for you in human form as a tiny baby in a lowly manger, where love was born.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
“For He will give His angels charge concerning you. To guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” Roy L. Smith
Monday Must see music/video : “Away in the Manger” Third Day