Well, I hope everyone had a great Christmas! It’s hard to believe it’s already come and gone.
I started my Christmas morning off with my father offering to take him and me out to breakfast. We had already celebrated our family festivities on Christmas Eve, the day before. So it was just us two. I offered to cook, but he wanted to take me out since it was Christmas. We jumped in the car and off we went. It didn’t take long to feel like we were in the Twilight Zone. I’d read the Left Behind series and after all, it was Christmas. But I never thought I’d be left behind! There wasn’t a car in sight. And everywhere we thought would be open, was not.
Tulsa looked like Nagasaki had hit. McDonald’s was closed. The donut shop was closed. Sonic was closed. Braums was closed. Phil’s Diner was closed. We went home, and I cooked after all. 🙂
Later that day I had plans to go out to lunch. Round two. The Asian restaurants were all that we found open. We decided to cook instead. All the grocery stores were also closed. All except QuikTrip. We purchased a few provisions from Quiktrip and decided on an alternate menu, and once again, I went home, and I cooked.
I found myself frustrated that the entire city was basically shut down. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a Christian and one of the biggest advocates of closing for Christmas. Letting employees have the holiday off with their families.
I realized my frustration lie in the fact that I was conditioned to instant gratification. I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it. Our society breeds it. With our microwave ovens and our smart phones and our credit cards and our 24 hour gyms and instant spray tans and fast food drive thrus. I had to settle for something I had on hand for lunch or something that Quiktrip carried. Neither were my first choice.
Here it was Jesus’ birthday and I was grumbling about my menu options. The only thing that was going to be hard to swallow about that meal was my attitude. Ugh! I gave it an adjustment immediately!
Jesus was not just found lying in the manger this Christmas day. He was in my heart convicting me of a selfish spirit. It was the company I kept not the food that mattered. It was about being content with what I had and making the most of it by sharing it with others. It was about being patient and waiting on the Lord. It was about Jesus coming to earth so He could die for our sins. God wanted me to see that. And I did.
The next time I think I want or need instant gratification, I’ll check it at the door. And instead focus on the eternal. I certainly wouldn’t want to get to the gates of heaven only to find a sign marked, Closed for Christmas!
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Love and laughter,