Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sweet relief

Brilliant blue skies. Blindingly white snow. Deep green pine trees flocked with snow. The cold frigidity of a bright cloudless day in snow country. The sun even makes the bareness of the deciduous trees deep in hibernation look cheerful. Sarah McLaughlin and Karin Berquist's gorgeous deep voices crooning Christmas songs to us in the background. This is what we woke up to on Christmas Eve. It was the Christmas road trip we had been looking forward too. Everything looks better in the morning. That was especially true that morning. After a night like that night, "God's mercies are new every morning" are that much more poignant. Sometimes we want to do what we want to do, forging ahead despite all the warnings (other people crashing, the fierce tugging we feel, the darkness surrounding us). Then when we finally stop and take the rest God offers us, we wake up and find a clear path before us. The Lord's timing is always better than ours (no matter how much we want something). The trip out here was a good reminder of that for me. I'm praying you find this lesson the "easy way" this Christmas season and not the "hard way" as my husband did 10 years ago this Christmas season. Praise the Lord for redemption and restoration. Merry Christmas!

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