One of my littlest daughters collects snow globes. She gets so excited every time she sees a new one at a garage sale or a thrift shop and eagerly adds it to her growing collection. Taking her bargain home, she vigorously shakes her new treasure again and again, rights it, and then sits patiently — happily watching the “snow” gently fall on the peaceful scene inside.
Wouldn’t it be great if life was like that with every scene, event, and moment looking beautiful and peaceful no matter which way you shook things up?
One day my daughter came to me disappointed because the little ice skater in her Christmas snow globe had become unglued and fallen onto the mirrored pond. She moaned that the entire scene look ruined with this tiny figure tipped over. Although there was nothing I could do to fix it, I tried to assure her that the “snow” still looked pretty as it fell on the other skaters and the wintry trees beneath the domed glass.
Life is definitely not a snow globe. None of us live safe and protected inside a bubble where no evil, no sadness, and no sorrow can “mess things up”. All of us have experienced pain and loss and in doing so, have faced the toppling of things in our lives that we had hoped were secure.
But is the entire scene ruined? No, of course not.
Any way you “shake” up this life, God’s faithfulness falls down on us, just as dependably as the snow in my little girl’s snow globe. Raining down His love, our kind Father lovingly carpets our lives with His amazing attributes and blankets our troubling situations with His unfailing grace and peace.
We are children of the heavenly Father and even though events take place in our lives which we cannot understand, we live protected under the promises of God’s eternal Word:
- Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”
- Lamentations 3:22,23, The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.
- Isaiah 40:31, 32 “He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak… those who wait on the Lord will find new strength.”
No matter how “shook up” we get, our Heavenly Father is there, waiting to shower us yet again with His loving presence and eternal love.
Merry Christmas to all,