Friday, December 3, 2010

Deflated


My front yard looks like a boneless chicken ranch during the day. Little mounds of color lie heaped on the lawn still, lifeless and begging for CPR. Perhaps I have a few too many inflatable yard decorations; some that sort of scream “Christmas!” plus one blow-up nativity scene.

I really grappled with that one in the store when I bought it last year. Am I insulting Christians everywhere with my plug-in nativity? I thought. It’s a definite conflict of interest for me to stick a Santa Claus on my lawn, and my nativity scene options were very limited.

It’s kind of cool watching Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus and the 3 wise men all spring into action at the flip of the power strip. But honestly, my heart sinks a bit when I have to pull the plug each night before going to bed only to watch them all crumble and give in to gravity.

So, when I went out last night to unplug the yard, I stood in my robe and slippers thinking how easy it is to feel a little deflated this time of year when our emotions are a little more acute than normal.

Played against the backdrop of Christmases past and the expectations of ones yet to come, we try to keep a handle on our time, our finances, our moods and our waist line! We vow not to let ourselves get run down, used up, overextended, affected by hurtful comments, and the list goes on. From every angle we’re reminded of the importance of keeping Christ in the season and to “follow” Him.

But…what does it really mean to follow Jesus not only through this season, but all year long?

I think it means when the worry creeps in, and the sadness overwhelms, before the harsh words are spoken, or the anger snaps its sharp teeth, or when our dark days seem to run together in an endless strand, we stop and recognize the giver of such things and learn to reject all that is not of our God. When we refuse to fall into the chaos of the enemy and choose instead to take that deep breath, we fill our lungs with the power of the One who breathed life into us right from the start. We turn to the scriptures because they heal and guide and comfort. They remind us of the peace only found in Him…the peace available to us all if only we would ask…sort of like flipping the switch.

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Gen. 2:7) NIV

8 comments:

  1. I love this "When we refuse to fall into the chaos of the enemy and choose instead to take that deep breath, we fill our lungs with the power of the One who breathed life into us right from the start." Sometimes, like our inflatable lawn scenes we need to be deflated. We often think so highly of ourselves that we over-inflate to the point of popping... we need the merciful hands of Jesus to reveal that we might need some deflating from time to time! I have to admit my Santa looks ghetto during the day but come nightfall he is pumped with air and ready to go!

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  2. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)

    ~Ron

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  3. you quoted Gen 2:7, which is appropriate, but all of a sudden I pictured this: "So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army." (EZ 37:10) so maybe not an army but a whole nativity.

    a good post- a good reminder. thanks Debbie :)

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  4. What a nice reminder considering how many of us act before thinking and end up hurting people close to us. I often wish we were with our extended family this time of year but then I thank the Lord we aren't...they're crazy and someone always ends up getting hurt! love this:) thanks doll...enjoy your weekend

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  5. I agree it is so easy to get deflated this time of year... I am sorta feeling it already and I've been fighting with my own tongue over harshness with the people right here in this house. I'm better at rejecting the things that are not of God then I used to be, but I've still got aways to go.

    Beautiful post as usual... love that picture and I really like the new signature too! Blessed weekend Debbie :)
    Heidi

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  6. I love that....sort of like flipping the switch...glad we can do that with our Savior...

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  7. Haha I love inflatable decorations.

    I just found your blog through the Weekend Blog Hop! Have a great weekend.

    Amanda @ www.nutritionistreviews.com

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  8. Oh my goodness am I glad I read my sweet comment from you and decided to take a 'wander' over here and say 'thanks for the comment' because my dear...you have a wonderful blog! I love that you are a writer and a christian. I have written poetry since I was in high school and have a very good christian friend who has been trying to get a novel published...so I feel like I already have something in common with you! I am going to begin by following your sweet blog!
    blessings,
    melody

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