I have a whole month off for Christmas break. A. Whole. Month. (Actually it’s a little more, but whose counting?) In the midst of homework and studying for exams, this month off seemed exhilarating, something I could not wait to get my hands on, but as I am currently sitting in my month, believe it or not, I am getting restless. 

Being still for a month creates in me the idea that I’m not doing anything- that I’m wasting my precious time. You see, I am wrong here on two accounts. (I am calling myself out right now, so lets see where the Lord takes this because He’s carrying my fingertips.)

  1. One, this time is for me to be intentional. Maybe this intentionality is catching up on the rest and exercise I traded off for other things at school. Or catching up on my community and my home- delighting in my family and the blessing that I have to be still.
  2. Two, that resting doesn’t mean the Lord isn’t using me. He’s given me the chance to step back and restore my heart, rejuvenate it, prepare it for the upcoming semester. 

The biggest struggle I have had so far on my break (and as I write this I am barley surfacing a week being home) is being still instead of being a Young Life leader to the high school girls in my community. I live in the same town as the girls that I have become friends with and I feel as if I should be hanging with them, but that’s not what this month is intended for. This month is for the sacredness of my own heart and the preparation of it. A month where the Lord gets to use others to be intentional with me. What a welcomed change of pace. 

And how sweet it is that this is also the month of the most significant birth. One where the King of Kings laid in a manger with straw scratching the itty bitty heels of his feet. Oh, Lord, I speak for us all when I sing your praises.

“For a child is born unto us, a son is given to us. The government will rest upon his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). 

Jesus’ birth formed the beginning of relationships between Him and man, the beginning of a love story that we have the ability to partake in. And in this story, it is clear that the Lord cares so much for our hearts to the point that he rejoices in our willingness to become restful and intentional. But let us be sure to rest in His goodness only, not in the world’s temporary kings. 

“Come to ME, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest… Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus” (Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 12:1-3).

Run to Jesus in this month off. Run to Jesus and throw off the sin that tears us down in order for Jesus, the baby born on this special day, to mold our hearts to be more like Him so that we may endure the race cut out for us. The race is nothing short of exhilarating, even if it is simply being still.

Merry Christmas sweet friends! May Christ be felt and praised on this special day. 

Annie // @annie_body_home

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