Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year. I love it all – celebrating the birth of our Savior, baking goodies for family and friends, decorating, attending Christmas programs and parties, selecting the perfect gift and then wrapping it. I usually start making preparations in the beginning of November. To say I am eager is a huge understatement. However, this year is different. Instead of filling my time with getting ready for Christmas, my days have been filled with doctors, specialists, tests, surgery, diagnosis, pain and frustration. This is the time of year that I am giving and doing for others and I simply am unable to this year.
I struggled with this for quite some time. How could I possibly do what God wanted me to do – taking steps of faith – when I wasn’t able to do? However, God spoke directly to my heart and said, Rest and trust in me, I’ve got this all taken care of. To many of you that may seem obvious, of course God has everything under control. However, to me, someone who is used to doing, this was difficult.
I have discovered that God is using this time to help me draw closer to Him and strengthen my faith. I may not be able to clean, bake or decorate, but I can read, study and pray.
The past several weeks have revealed to me that sometimes being still and resting in God takes a step of faith. This “down time” has also allowed me to focus on what is really important – the greater God has in store for me. I know that the ditches I am digging, by studying and resting in Him, will one day overflow with blessings far greater than I can imagine.
What small steps of faith is God asking you to take today to start you on the greater journey He has in store for you?