My favorite line in Home Alone by Kate McCallister, “This is Christmas, the season of perpetual hope. And I don’t care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.”
You have to admit this is laughable, and that is a woman is in a state of complete desperation and chaos. She failed to prepare for Christmas season. Sure, she bought the plane tickets, booked the hotels, and wrapped the presents. But from the movie it is obvious that she missed out on something, the chaos carried her away from what was most important to her, her eight year old son.
How often do we get carried away in the chaos forgetting what is most important to us? My life has recently looked like a woman in pandemonium…trying to make new friends, a new relationship with this wonderful guy, going to a new church where I hope to be involved, looking for a new job, searching for a new apartment, hoping to make time for all of my friends and family back in South Dakota…and as I look back, it seemed a fanatical tornado started to wreck havoc on my once spirit filled life. And although the tornado was full of so many positive things, if you are not careful even the good things can overpower you.
This season of hope we call Advent, a season of preparation before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords symbolically enters the world to bring the gospel to every tribe, tongue, and nation. So maybe, just maybe, you have had a tornado full of good things starting to overpower you.
God brought these verses to my heart this morning as I came to him, realizing that He had not been my priority these past couple months.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” –Lamentations 3:22-26
What a beautiful breath of fresh air. What grace our King has for us.
My dear friends, our King is coming soon. Of course, He is always here. But what a beautiful season Christmas is to remember the humility and love our King had that day.
Will your life look like a fanatical tornado has taken over? Or will you sense the sweet peace that comes with Advent? Will you be prepared for the coming King?
As for me, I have turned over my sins and shame before God to come before his fresh. One of the ways that has been instrumental is reading out of the word. I am using the YouVersion devotional by Rick Warren “Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope.”
It might have taken a lot more preparation than she was expecting, and an entirely different route, but you better believe she made it home to Kevin.
With peace, love, and hope,
P.S. As always, if you are unsure of how to take this step towards Jesus during this season, please message me on the contact page and I would be honored to pray for you and give you some practical gospel-centered advice.