Christmas is the demonstration of God’s perfect timing. Galatians 4:4 says that Christ came in the “fullness of time.” God’s perfect timing means we can learn to relax and trust that all is well. This time of year you often see the words Merry Xmas! When I was a kid, somebody said, that’s because they’re trying to take Christ out of Christmas. Maybe so. But it’s interesting that X is the first letter in Greek for Christ, Christos. I read about a person who thought the X was for Xhaustion, Xcuses, Xchanges, Xcesses, Xtravagances, Xasperations, Xhibitions and Xcitement. That’s true for too many people during this season. Christmas is about being busy. There’s a bumper sticker that says, “I brake for Christmas.”
But why do we get so hurried and harried? Isn’t it because we’re not fully trusting the perfect timing of God? When things seem to be happening too fast in your life, learn to trust God’s precision timing. We desperately need margins in our lives, but Christmas can become a massive intrusion that robs us of margins of money, time, and energy.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like the eagles. They will run and not be weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Can you slow down this Christmas? Keeping a frenetic pace to find all the perfect gifts is not nearly so important as keeping your daily appointment with God. You don’t have to kill yourself getting your kids involved in every activity that your community has to offer: just wait on God and trust Him. You don’t have to run ahead of God and try to achieve something for your life that may not be good for you anyway: just wait on God and trust Him. When you trust God’s timing, you know that preparing your heart is more important than preparing your Christmas tree.
So could I encourage you today to pause, pray, slow down and trust God’s timing?