Merry Christmas, blog readers! I hope yours was filled with family, friends. presents, presence and lots of cookies. Definitely cookies. Mine had all of the above and an amaaaazing nap as my kids actually played quietly with their newly opened goodies. I enjoyed watching them open each and every one and then rush over to the giver with such grateful and thankful hearts. Parenting win!
I’ve been trying to sit down to write this for a few days now. Our preparations didn’t leave me a whole lot of free time = but, I’m sure none of you understand aaaaaaaaaanything about that. 😉 I was watching one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies, The Santa Clause, and I kinda felt like I was seeing it for the first time. I mean, I own the trilogy. I love these movies. I’ve seen them dozens of times over the years, but this time was completely different.
In case you haven’t seen it, Tim Allen plays a divorced father named Scott Calvin. He accidentally frightens Santa off of a roof and after Santa falls, leaving his suit, Calvin puts it on to make his son laugh. Not long after, Calvin and his son are whisked away to the North Pole where the Head Elf, Bernard, explains to Calvin that because he read the card next to the suit and put on the coat, he’s the new Santa. Calvin doesn’t buy into this at all. He’s told that he has 11 months to get his affairs in order and report back and chaos ensues as the transformation takes over in spite of Calvin’s unbelief.
As I was watching this movie for the nth time, I was suddenly reminded of the story of Abraham. Genesis 12 begins the story of Abram. God tells him to go to Egypt and tells him that he’s going to make him a great nation – pack up everything and go. Abram does and leaves everything he knows behind. His journey isn’t always easy. Just like Scott Calvin does in our movie, Abram gives in to fear and does some lying (he tells Pharaoh that Sarai – his wife – is his sister).
In Genesis 15, a childless Abram is again promised to be made the father of a nation. He offered a sacrifice to the Lord and then a deep sleep came over him. That’s when something really cool happened. Normally, when a covenant was made, the parties would walk through two halves of a sacrifice together to signify their bond to the deal. This time, the Spirit of the Lord passed through while Abram was sleeping. There was nothing that Abram could do because he was literally incapacitated. This was a deal God made with Himself on Abram’s behalf.
What’s the lesson here?
Okay, we know that God says in Isaiah 55:11, “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” and we know from 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.” and we also know that He is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So, therefore, if God has given you a promise – any promise – He has given you all the evidence you need to know that the promise will come to pass. There is nothing you can do about it. Even when you think you’re going crazy in the wondering and the waiting, the promise is still on the way!
One of my favorite parts of The Santa Clause is the faith of Scott’s son, Charlie. He never wavers in his insistence that his dad is the new Santa. When people laugh at him, when his mom and new husband, a child psychiatrist, worry about him and threaten to keep him from seeing his father, he still maintains that he was there when his dad became Santa. His faith faith never fails. May we all take a lesson from that.
So, as you continue to clean up wrapping paper, cookie crumbs and go for just one more cup of coffee, remember that the Ultimate Giver of Gifts hasn’t forgotten about your present. He created an iron clad clause for Himself that He can’t get out of – not that He wants to anyway. There is nothing you have to do, nothing you can say, no way for you to mess up, your Christmas morning is coming.
It’s all in the fine print. 🙂
Have an amazing day while you wait!