Last night I lit candles in my living room. I missed seeing the Christmas tree lights and the candles were my attempt at bringing some lights back. The over abundance of beautiful brightness shining every night is my favorite part of December. On New Year’s Eve, while having dinner at a good friend’s house, my husband divulged one of my quirky Christmas tree habits.
Each year, I like to buy new lights for the tree. I have this bizarre fear that, if I don’t, all the lights might burn out on my tree the day before Christmas. Can you imagine that nightmare? That would be like the star the wise men were following on the first Christmas night suddenly burning out three blocks from the stable! I’m freaked out just thinking about this epic light failure. 😉 They We all had a good laugh over my Christmas tree light fetish the other night.
I admit it. I still have control freak tendencies. I sometimes find myself trying to do things to try to prevent bad things from happening…even little things like Christmas tree lights. Thinking ahead to what might go wrong isn’t always an unhealthy thing to do. I think it’s important to move forward taking into consideration the consequences of our choices. There are times in life when thinking through to the “what if” scenarios is a good thing.
I read this portion of Proverbs 3 this morning and it reminded me that no matter how hard we try to control certain outcomes, we can’t. And, trying to do so is exhausting. This piece of scripture was a good reminder to me that seeking wisdom and thinking our choices through is always a good plan, dwelling on and worrying about the future is not. We need to decide today who holds our future. We need to make the choice today to place all of life’s unknowns into the correct Hands.
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared. (21-26)