Two days before Christmas my friend asked me if I was all sorted for Christmas? It was early on the morning and I was sat in my living room with a cup of tea in hand and my pen and journal in the other as I considered what I was being asked.
The Christmas tree was up but not yet decorated. I was in the middle of trying to declutter the flat. Food still needed to be sourced and I still had presents to buy and wrap.
Was I ready for Christmas? I began to think more deeply about it. Was I ready for Jesus?
The following song came to mind called ‘Just be’ by Kim Walker-Smith
Everything else can wait. I’ve come to seek your face. So, everything else can wait. I’m here for you. I want to just be here at Your feet. Just be here on my knees, Here in Your presence I am complete. Jesus, you’re all that I need.
Instead of pressing on with all of the things that appeared to be required to be completed I felt the urge to empty my one storage cupboard that was jam packed full into the living room as I felt like I wanted to find the large framed picture of Jesus on the Cross.
So I am now in an environment that appears to be even more disorganised than before but the difference was I was now face to face with Jesus on the Cross and face to face with myself. I was now face to face with all the broken parts of my life.
I had been listening quite a lot recently to a song called ‘How he Loves’ also by Kim Walker-Smith. It is a song about the love of God. Near the end of the song Kim Walker-Smith talks about the love of God and she powerfully explains that if you know the love of God you will never be the same because it changes everything. As I looked at the picture of Jesus on the Cross, I saw how much God loved me. I decided that I was not going to put the picture back in the cupboard but was going to leave it out so that it would remind me every day how much God loved me even with all the broken bits of me.
So, was I ready for Jesus? Was I all sorted for Christmas?
It is now Christmas Eve and yes, I am now all sorted for Christmas. I am sorted in the sense that I have come face to face with myself and Jesus my Savior and I am ready to celebrate Jesus coming to earth as a baby for the purpose of saving me and the rest of mankind.
There will always be more things to do but the main thing is sorted.
So, can I ask you a question? Are you all sorted for Christmas?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.