Only three more days until Christmas, and our “Holiday Hurry” will be over. How has that been going for you? See if any of the following resonate with you and see how many more you can add to this list:
- “Hurry up! We’re running late for the Nutcracker!”
- “Hurry up! We’ve got to finish decorating the tree before all the needles fall off!”
- “Hurry up! We’re going to miss the start of the Christmas pageant!”
- “Hurry up! All the sale items will be sold by the time we get to the store!”
- “Hurry up! We need to get home with these groceries to finish the baking!”
- “Hurry up! We’ll never get all these presents wrapped in time!”
- “Hurry up! We need to leave this party and get to the next one!”
It seems like we spend the entire month of December hurrying from place to place so that we can check off all our Christmas season “things-to-do.” By the time we get to Christmas day, we are so frazzled from this month-long marathon that we find it hard to remember the reason for the season!
[The shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. (Luke 2:16)
Those shepherds remind us of the kind of holiday hurry that should mark the lives of God’s people; instead of hurrying to the store we should hurry to our Savior. Instead of hurrying to the party we should hurry to our Prince of Peace. Instead of hurrying to wrap all those gifts we should hurry into the presence of the One who offers the greatest gift of all. When was the last time you hurried off to spend some alone time with Jesus? As my beloved Kim frequently reminds me, “There is more to life than increasing its speed!”
These shepherds understood what kind of hurry would be best. They hurried off, not to the marketplace or the mall, but to a stable where our Lord was to be found, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger next to Mary and Joseph and some animals.
So . . . you slowed down long enough to read this far. That’s good! As you reflect on these thoughts, would you have to admit that you’ve been pressing harder to get your “to-do” list done than to draw near to the Savior? Regardless of the answer, fear not! During these last three days before Christmas, let me encourage you to hurry off to the Holy One, just as those shepherds did. They knew that the only kind of Holiday Hurry that would truly profit their souls would be the one that led them to the Babe in a manger.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!