The Best and Worst Time of the Year

Yes, that’s what I said.  The Christmas season, while joyful and bright can also be a very hard time of the year.  I think the best word to describe it is overwhelming.  Whether you are overwhelmed by all of the preparation, shopping, Christmas concerts, or even the thought of having to spend a day or two with some relatives.  It’s just an overwhelming time.

I have to admit, Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas this year, and it’s my own fault.  I overcommitted to way too many things leading up to Christmas, and I’m plain worn out.  And there’s still a week and a half to go!  I have a feeling I’m not the only one that feels like they are in a sinking boat.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

In this case, Jesus was speaking to us that the weariness comes from enduring our burdens, burdens of sin and its consequences.  Overcommitting a sin?  Well, let’s think about this.  When we commit, seeking to appease or please others (including relatives) or even our own ego, we are overshadowing Him.  Yes, he wants us to help others, but we need to be secure in Him, not proving our worth to others.  Colossians emphasizes that below…

Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:20 (ESV)

For some, the Christmas season is overwhelming due to loss of a loved one, whether it’s cuts fresh like a knife this year, or an old wound from years ago.  I know there’s a time each Christmas where my soul is overwhelmed for the people that are no longer here by my side and how much my own Christmas traditions have changed over the years and how I would love to have those people back.  My prayer is that you can find hope in the One above and call, or even cry out to Him that you are burdened with loss.

from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, Ps 61:2 (ESV)

In any case where you are overwhelmed, seek Him in prayer, seek a close friend for guidance and wisdom in decisions, and be wary of how the devil may be snaring you into a tailspin.  I found out the last few weeks as I was overwhelmed that so much of the rest of your life is affected.  Your relationship with your spouse, children, co-workers and friends, sleep patterns, and just our overall attitude.  But when we are so overwhelmed, by any of the types explained above, we open ourselves up as prey.

I was posed the question…  “How alert was I when I was overwhelmed?”  Well…  I wasn’t.  My mind was always racing, thinking about and checking the schedule, fussing over everything going on, and not paying attention at all to my surroundings.   We become incredibly vulnerable as women when we are on multi-task overload.  No matter what you are feeling or trying to get done, your safety must come first.

Ladies, never lose sight that you must always be in a mindset to protect you and your flock.  I pray that this season you can give your burdens to God and look to Him for your rest as you celebrate His birth.

Cara

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