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Knowing You, Meeting Me

The Promise Clause

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!

~Mo~

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God’s Appointment Cards

I know, I know, I’ve been absent again. I’ve spent the majority of my summer being sick and taking antibiotics. Ick and yuck. I don’t know that I’m going to use my usual two or three verses in today’s post. To be honest, I don’t know if I’m going to use any. As you’ll see, they likely won’t be needed. Believe me, the point will be as clear for you as it was for me.

Today, I was at a doctor’s appointment, though (for once) not for myself. I was taking my son, Zachary, to his first appointment with his new neurologist. We showed up at 2:30 – right on time. We sat down to an empty waiting room and waited. We watched as this new doctor came in and out taking patients that walked in and registered after we had. I was, admittedly, indigent. I texted my best friend about the lesson God probably had for me to learn about waiting. Trust me when I say, I had no idea.

“The nerve of this guy!” I thought. “Just watch, he’s probably prophetic”, I texted, “he’s gonna say something the moment I walk back there and IMMEDIATELY I’m gonna know it’s from God”. I was half joking, but I had no idea how right I was. I kept texting and waiting and just as my bff had to go, a full 50 minutes later at 3:20, it was FINALLY our turn. I had so many thoughts running through my head. This is where my doctor is, so I knew I didn’t want to change all my family’s care, but I had a few words that I wanted to have with this new guy on professionalism…

…that is until…

“Hi…I understand you were here early…”

*heart dropped* “Oh….I guess I had the time wrong”

How many times are we like that? We show up early to a promise God has for us and then wonder where He is. We wonder if we got it wrong. We wonder if He lied. We wonder if He’s playing with us or if we missed it. We wonder. We get angry. We get annoyed. We get frustrated and upset. We sit in the waiting room and we text our bffs and we wait and we cry and we come up with things to say all the while, we got the appointment time wrong. It wasn’t the appointed time. I know that I know that I know I’ve done that!

(I guess I will use a verse after all)

2 Peter 3:9a The Lord is not slow about His promise

Now, I recognize that that’s not exactly how that verse may have originally been intended to be interpreted in that context, but the truth is nonetheless the same. One of my favorite songs right now is Sanctus Real – Promises, chorus simply “Hold on to the promises, Hold on to the promises, Jesus is alive so hold tight, Hold on to the promises”

I know that it can be exhausting to hold on to a word from God when what you see in front of you is….less than the word from the Lord. My son wants be a pastor, “just like Pastor T!!” My son has autism and a significant language delay. My son has a word over his life that there is something he has to say that is going to rock enemy territory…which is why his words have been stolen (and, likely why when I try to type this, my computer tries to delete it).  It’s hard to think of the future when he can’t even tell me about his day. But, it’s not time yet. I can’t get angry when we’ve shown up too early. What I can do is trust that when it is time, the Physician will show up on time ready, willing and able to meet my need and fulfill His promises.

The same is true for you. Just make sure you double check your appointment card.

 

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