Our Light in 2013

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)

8 thoughts on “Our Light in 2013

  1. Caroline

    I’m in the “buy new lights” club, but I am in “still try to control things, even the little things” club. Thanks for this post, Eileen. Good thoughts. Thanks to God for His presence!

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  2. Anne

    Girlfriend, you go ahead and buy new lights! Your worry did actually happen to me (more than once in the past 37 years of having my own tree). What I did was just shove another string of lights over the malfunctioning ones! That’s how I live my life though. I don’t think ahead and plan for the outcome as much as I should. But then, I’m married to a control freak so I guess it evens out. 😉

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  3. David Rupert

    That passage was very calming. I agree with you on the control thing, although I don’t buy new lights for the tree. But I can be very obsessive about certain things that really are nothing more than pure control.

    And control is rooted in pride.

    Pass the light!

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  4. Laurie Wallin (@mylivingpower)

    Oh, Eileen! That scripture is so incredibly timely for us, too. I struggle with the control-freak issues, too, and we’re headed in to a couple of really not-controllable situations – with family and my husband’s business. I will be camping squarely in the middle of this part of the passage you shared!!! “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.” Thank you, Lord, for that promise!!

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Laurie, that was the part of the verse that spoke to me loudest too. We might be in for many changes in our situation too and my mind can get carried away thinking about the scary “what-ifs”

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