STEP THROUGH THAT DOOR
I want to linger here a little longer.
Perhaps it’s because I realize
each year seems to pass more quickly than the last.
Time is fleeting.
I want to linger in the Christmas magic.
I don’t want it to be over already.
I want to linger in the childlike wonder of my grandchildren. I want to linger in the sounds of their tiny little voices as they tell me all about their moments and their days. I want to linger as they hand me Christmas pictures they drew. I want to linger in their snuggles, before they are too old to want to snuggle anymore.
Just like I wanted to linger when my own children were that age.
Yes, I want to linger, but I know I can’t.
Where did the year go?
No, I don’t want 2019 to end.
But I hold out my hand, I ask God to take it and I step through the door of 2020.
This is Gods plan.
Not to look back.
Not to hold on to the past, but to look forward to the future.
As hard as it was at times to watch my children grow up and out of the childlike wonder Christmas held for them, I look at them now, and the glow of Christmas still lights up their eyes. The smile on their faces on Christmas morning still takes me back and the pride I have for the adults they’ve become still brings tears.
And I can see it. I can see all of the same things in my grand babies eyes~
and it’s magical.
I can see a future wrapped up in Jesus. And that brings tears.
They were being naughty the other day.
I was trying to get them to calm down and behave, so I turned on a Christmas movie.
It didn’t have the desired effect I was hoping for.
Naughtiness still ensued.
Jumping on the couch. Doing somersaults on the floor. Asking a thousand times how many more days until they could open their presents.
So I asked the one who was misbehaving most~“Clara, are you paying attention to the movie?”
She looked at me and nodded, so I asked~“Then what’s the best way to spread Christmas cheer?”
(If you’ve seen the movie you know the answer- ‘singing loud for all to hear’.)
Suddenly the room got very quiet. The other grandchildren were sure she would get it wrong.
In the softest, sweetest voice she answered~
And she meant it.
No questions. No hesitating.
It’s a future of moments like this that I can’t wait to unwrap.
It’s hard to let go of the past. It’s hard to see our babies become adults. But the sweetness the years bring when those years are wrapped up in Jesus is a future that’s filled with hope and love. Joy and excitement. Peace. Philippians 4:7
Yes I will step through the door of 2020 and spread that Christmas cheer. I may want to linger still, but I will look ahead to a future wrapped up in the excitement and joy that only Jesus can bring.
Clara got it so right.
The door of new beginnings.
The door of possibilities.
The door of joy and peace.
The door that only Jesus can open.
Look ahead. Take His hand and step through that door with me.
Happy New Year dear friends!