This week I spoke at two wonderful churches! I meet new sister’s in Christ, had the privilege of introducing others to Jesus for the first time, and was reminded of God’s faithfulness to show up in a big way.
Last night in Jackson, TN, the director played a game where the audience had to collect as many Christmas mishap stories as the could. This was a great ice-breaker so that the women of this new Church could get to know one another. Laughter filled the room as we heard everything from getting fake dog poop as a gag gift, to dumping sweet potato casserole on a guest.
I could only think of one Christmas where all didn’t go as planned. It was Christmas Eve when my husband noticed a bad smell. No, it wasn’t my cooking. It was coming from the back yard. Perhaps it was the neighbor’s cooking? Just kidding. It was the septic tank. It had overflowed sending rank odors into the air for the neighborhood to enjoy on their Christmas Eve.
We quickly searched the phone book for a repair man. He arrived alone. Since it was Christmas Eve, all his helpers were already home celebrating. The man worked for several hours and finally the smell began to lighten.
My husband was shocked when the man handed him the bill. It was double the amount listed in the phone book. When my husband questioned the man, he reminded him it was Christmas Eve hoping the man would lessen the charge. Instead, the worker replied, “Well, I think it’s worth double the money. When you think about it. It’s a pretty “crappy” thing to have to do on Christmas Eve.” Who could argue with that? We paid the man his money.
This story fit perfectly with my talk. Mary, the mother of Jesus, learned that her plans are not always God’s plans. While she was planning a wedding, God was planning the arrival of a Savior! And yet, in beautiful submission she traded her plans for God’s. What was the result? We are a redeemed people!
During the holidays, our plans may not go as we wish either. But, if we’re willing to trade our plans for God’s, it’s going to be worth it. His plans for us are always good. They are never to bring us harm…but to prosper us and give us a hope. What better hope than to know Jesus, the Savior, who takes away the sins of the world!
I’d love to hear about your Christmas mishaps, too. Or, perhaps you have a story like Mary’s where things didn’t go as you planned, but you discovered God’s were much better.