Lately our extended family is going through major bumps and transitions in life. Health issues, possible job or relocation changes, ministry changes and more. To say the least, these have made us uncomfortable, uncertain and anxious.
I wake up at night thinking on one or more of these bumps. As I lay awake I pray; “Lord, I know my worrying won’t change anything, please take this away.” I wake up in the morning with bags under my eyes carrying the same baggage I had the night before Why? Because I forgot to drop my blanket.
If you remember Linus in the Charlie Brown classics, he always carries around his blanket. His security blanket. I find I’m no different from Linus. I too have a security blanket:
- A need to worry.
- My need to over-plan and control a situation
- The idea I can solve other’s problems.
This Christmas season I learned something from Linus. At a young age he learns to drop his security blanket. Why did he drop his blanket, because heard and took to heart the words “fear not”. The angel of the Lord brought him, Linus, great joy.
The message version of the Bible says. “There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.”
Linus has a new vision. Linus looks up. He looks at the One (Messiah) who brought him eternal life. He also saw his new Master. He no longer needs the security blanket. He has something better, a Master that has Linus’s life planned out for him.
This Christmas season, the lessons Linus taught me are:
- Drop the “me” security blanket.
- Look up.
- Don’t jump ahead of God.
- Allow the Master to lead in decisions of my life.
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you”
Have you made Jesus your Savior so He can be your Master? If not, do it today. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him fro the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 8:9 ESV
May you and yours have a joyous Christmas!