The problem with change is that it’s different.
For me personally, this has been a year of complete turn around. For this most part, it has been a total restorative blessing, but here we are – twelve days till Christmas (quite an interesting number, as I am currently reading a novel called “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber, about a challenge the lead character sets herself in the twelve days leading up to Christmas!!) – and the period of time which is commercially hyped and built up, which is so daunting!
But when I look back over where I was this time last year, I know I have come a long way, and am in a much better place. So I just have to get through these next couple of weeks with my head continually lifted by God, and with His dignity at my core.
So when I awoke with a clear visual message from Abba, it was reassuring to know that I am definitely not facing this alone. And I believe it is a picture to share – for I believe there are others who may also be facing this season of Christmas and the New Year with a certain amount of trepidation.
I was standing at the top of a beautiful mountain, which was covered in a glittering, white blanket of freshly fallen snow. In the distance, at intervals down the mountain, were skiing gates, which represented the fact that there are some obstacles ahead which are to be avoided. But they’re gates – so they’re positive challenges to go through on the way toward the end goal.
This year has felt like a long, often-exhausting, heavy climb up a huge mountain, there wasn’t even a “ski-lift” available – would you believe!! And so here I am standing at the top staring down at these obstacles in front of me. I look back the way I have come, and I know God has been carrying me, and He has removed some of the hidden dangers which could have potentially caused harm on my climb.
Sure – I can try and stay at the top here, but time waits for no one! And whether I like it or not, the gates will approach me even if I try and avoid them! The Christmas production at Church; the office Christmas; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve & Day… all hurtling, with gathering speed and momentum, toward the big 40 birthday in 31 days.
Having never been skiing, I have no idea what it feels like to ski down what I imagine is a black run, or to hit one of these gates en route – but there is only one way to go!! Forward!! So I can try to make the best out of the experience, and enjoy the moments God brings in my path!
So goggles down, locate centre of gravity (Jesus), psyche myself up mentally and physically and… push off with exhilarating joy at what I am facing.
Maybe I should do away with ski’s and the safety of the poles, and just strap myself to a snow board instead?! Maybe not!!
So begins my twelve days of Christmas…