and makes her own fruitcake.
I’m not a “Proverbs 31 Holiday Woman”. Are you?
In this woman’s shadow, I feel weak, inept, and overwhelmed. She leaves me crying out for help.
Isn’t that exactly how we are supposed to feel when faced with perfection?
And isn’t that the point of the law? The law was designed to point us to our weakness and leave us crying out for rescue. Those tablets that God handed to Moses were supposed to be too heavy; never meant to have the last word.
I read this list (with the one in the Bible) and the only appropriate response is to stoop low and surrender. It’s when I read and think for a second that I can become her on my own… then I’m in real danger.
Yes, this season is crazy busy. Yes, we must simplify and resist buying into the rat race…
But no matter how often I preach that to myself, the list remains too long. The pressure is still paralyzing. The demands are still overwhelming.
Maybe that’s a good thing…
God uses the craziness of this season to prepare me to meet Jesus; humbling me so that a mother can be willing to bend her knee before a baby in a manger; so that a wife can know selfless and unconditional love, so that an unworthy daughter can accept forgiveness and hope.
Just maybe, He’s allowing it to be piled on so that we will finally come to the end of ourselves; so that we’ll have nothing to offer but empty hands; ready to receive Grace wrapped in swaddling cloths.
So go ahead, embrace the season, jump into the holly-ring of fire.. and fall short. Get burned. Stumble down the lists that remind you of your need for a Rescuer.
It just might be the best Christmas preparation ever.