I’m sitting here taking a breath from my hectic week. Surround by the soft glow of my kitchen lights..(which probably is way out of style but not to me), and the glow of my Christmas tree. Just sitting, reflecting, and yes, breathing after the busyness and craziness of this past week.
How in the world do we get to this point that we don’t have “time” for anything anymore? I use the phrase, “ain’t nobody got time for that” quite a bit…and when “push comes to shove” as another old saying goes, I tend to just shut down mentally and physically! Can you relate?
This really isn’t a big revelation for anyone, that Christmas is and should be about celebrating the birth of Jesus! We can get so worried about, caught up in, and wringing our hands over trying to find that perfect gift for someone, that it absolutely drives us nuts. Not to mention those that are around us nuts also!
The one thing that we can give family and friends is not the latest thing “As Seen On TV.” It’s not found in that famous blue package with a white bow from “Tiffany’s.” And believe it or not, it’s not down one of the aisles of Walmart, Kohl’s or Target. It’s been here all along. Time.
Several years ago something a former pastor of mine said on a Sunday morning decided to stick in my brain. It remains here even today. When you hear something life changing that God wants you to hold on to, well…you better hang on to it and listen!
“Time is the most precious commodity that you will ever have.” ~ David Landrith
The angel Gabriel told Mary what was about to take place…assuring her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call him Jesus….The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God. And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son…” Luke 1:29,35,36a MSG
Mary took right off to go visit her cousin in Judah. She went straight to Elizabeth’s house. “Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her house.” Luke 1:56 MSG
Mary spent “time” with Elizabeth. Three months in fact. Can you just imagine what all took place in those three months! The late nights of sharing and caring for one another!… spending time with each other.
Time really is the most precious commodity that we will ever have! How we use it, how we spend it. The gift of time was something that Mary treasured with her cousin, and then with her baby Jesus. A loving example of a gift well spent!