Recently I have really been struggling to sleep well…heat, dust and stress all seem to be having an effect on me, particularly my dreams.
The last few nights I’ve been:
1. Back in High School
2. On tour with a Jazz Band
3. In an ‘Amazing Race’ style car race
4. An assassin
They were all really fun and I surprisingly remember a lot of the detail but I am left wondering what is going on in my subconscious lifestyle, am I really meant to be a super spy assassin or did I really fail high school and have been living a lie, but I think that maybe the answer has nothing to do with my subconscious at all but has more to do with the ‘Christmas Lifestyle’ than any of us realise.
In Ecclesiastes 5:3 it says ‘ A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool’
Christmas can be a very stressful time for most of us. Yes there are some of us that are very blessed (like school teachers) to have a 7 week holiday coming up, but with that is the expectation that we will finish all our work and preparation now, add to that Christmas Shopping (which could drive anyone to insanity), add to the an increased level of time spent ‘doing’ Christmas and its lead up and then of course we spend at least 10% of our day wondering ‘Is it all worth it?’, heaven help those that don’t have 7 weeks holidays coming up! (I call these people, ‘The Real World’)
Christmas is a very sacred and special time, but we spend so much of it with ‘many cares’ that we resent it all and lose the whole point.
Over thing I read this morning that really struck me was this ‘Christmas is not about the holiday spirit that rushes toward s the day after Thanksgiving and compels us to shop, spend and eat. Christmas is about the Holy Spirit bringing peace and joy through a baby boy to the mess that we have made of the planet earth. It is about the power of heaven’s reality invading our lives. Christmas commences the moment a person realises the longing that has always existed to be overshadowed by all that He is and all that He does.
My prayer for you all this Christmas is that God’s invasion of earth as a baby boy overshadows everything that you know, understand, desire and hope for and that you will sleep in heavenly peace know that Christ came to earth if only just for you.
Share Christ this CHRISTmas