My daughter, the bride, had been gone all day shopping for her wedding when I text-ed her from home: “Be sure to Stop and Eat.”
She returned my text: “How did you know?”
I replied, “Because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Since Thanksgiving, wedding plans in addition to getting ready for Christmas and out-of-town guests, made me feel like Santa who’s “making a list and checking it twice.” Only the list never seemed to end.
I had to make myself STOP and FEAST on God’s Word. With my soul fed, I was able to continue the race for one more day. I admit my running took greater priority as the month wore on, but still, I’d attempt to grab a morsel of scripture, breathe a prayer.
My husband calls me a Jack Russell Terrier. Like those dogs, my personality leans towards hyper when I have an agenda. When I take the time to “Be still” and sit at my Master’s feet, I’m calm, but only momentarily. The doorbell rings, and I’m running and yapping again.
Knowing I would get overwhelmed, hosting a wedding and Christmas dinner within three days of each other, I did not want to be a Jack Russell Terrier. I prayed to have “the mind of Christ,” to be loving, kind, humble, have a servant’s heart.
I even embraced the advice of a Safeway clerk who told me “major on the majors and minor on the minors.”
“People won’t remember what you served for dinner,” she said, as she handed me a two-foot grocery receipt. “They’ll remember being together, and how you welcomed them into your home.”
She was right.
The wedding day was beautiful beyond words even for this author, but by Christmas day, I was running on empty. I could only “major on the majors.”
Whenever my pride pointed out my shortcomings, minor things became major in my head which led to fear of what others thought about me.
Pride and fear are NOT the “mind of Christ.”
So instead of listening to the tape of accusations in my head, I asked God to breathe for me and listened to the …
Laughter in the room as the bride and groom’s two families became one.
Twelve voices singing carols to celebrate our Lord’s birth.
Spoken prayers and stories shared.
Love and joy fill the air.
By God granting me ears to hear, the Jack Russell Terrier within me remained more calm even in this.
“He keeps in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee.” Isaiah 26:3