Have you ever gone on a sleigh ride?
Wouldn’t it be fun?????
I am talking about Santa at the helm, his eight lively reindeer pulling on the reigns, me squeezing in the back amidst all the world’s gifts and soaring through the stars in the sky. A ride fueled by pure magic…
This sleigh (photo by me the neighborhood snoop) sits in a nearby yard every Christmas season. It is filled with shiny wrapped packages and boasts sturdy curved blades ready for snow. Treated as the delicate prize that it is, the owners carefully cover with plastic in any wet weather. It is big enough to fit me, and the presents. Awww, what I wouldn’t do to get that baby in the air!
Setting my eyes on this actual sleigh rockets my imagination. Dreams of flying, landing at houses of little tots. Creeping into their rooms to toy-stuff stockings, biting a cookie or two, then leaping back into the transportation that has stood the test of storybook time.
Ok, maybe there’s part of me that covets this thing, the sleigh. But, your honor, my heart would use this sleigh for service, not to serve myself.
Do you think Jesus would accept my plea?
None of us really know, yet. The bible tells us plainly not to covet your neighbor’s anything (Exodus 20:17). We are not to want what others have. Why? To be thankful for what the Lord has given us.
Obedience to God is not as dry as it may sound. One can live out dreams with God, dreams that otherwise are explained away and shoved aside during the expected routines of one’s life…
We read several times that He does not reward pride. Bad things happen to prideful people in the bible. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2). Lot’s wife’s life ended salty. Samson, called to free God’s people, became a slave himself.
To please God in His kingdom, you don’t want to assume you know it all. You want to look, listen, and experience His one-of-a-kind love like you have never experienced it before….like a child.
“At that time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and he said, ‘Oh Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way’” (Luke 10:21).
When we are obedient to Him and allow Him to work in our lives, all kinds of crazy things beyond your wildest imagination can happen…history can be made.
Shall we take a moment and bow our heads in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus? Her young, unmarried humble self…filled with wonder… accepting what she saw, heard and experienced…her son which is His Son, Our Savior.
Dear Lord of Heaven and Earth,
We praise You for Your power to create life out of dust and servants out of us.
We thank You for choosing Mary to be Your son’s mother. We ask today that You teach us how to see You and the world with Mary’s eyes, Lord. We pray for You to be pleased with our growing child-like faith.
In Jesus Holy Name,
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