I saw a post the other day on Facebook. I don’t remember by whom, but all I saw was, “Lessons from a Christmas tree.” I chose to read no further, for the title alone sparked all sorts of ideas for blog articles. So far, I’m at 5 posts and I think I’m done writing them. But who knows? They’ll be spread throughout this month. Please chime in with your own thoughts! Check out Lesson 1 and Lesson 2.
The song in Handel’s Messiah (and a Phil Keaggy song) comes straight from Isaiah 60:1. “Arise, Shine, for thy Light has come!”
And in the words of Bob the Tomato (Veggie Tales-Rack, Shack, and Benny) “This is sitting, and this is standing. I’m standing.”
We are commanded to stand. Stand firm, in fact. Allow me to take a little literary license with Ephesians 6.
Therefore, Christmas tree, take up the full embellishment, so that you will be able to serve your purpose when you need to, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having wrapped your branches with strings of the light of truth, and having reflected His righteousness in the tinsel and garland that adorns your fingers. Make sure your trunk has a firm foundation, staked by the only thing that can correctly support you. In addition, spread out your ornaments to tell the story, protecting the truth, and take the star that reminds of the birth of Christ who came to save us.
I’m going to bet that you don’t ask your tree to dance. Don’t ask it to sway. It probably doesn’t sing (though I bet it could in this technical day) or rotate (I think my grandmother had a pink tinsel tree that rotated.) You do need it to stand though. It’s really the only thing it must do. And, in it’s cooperative attitude, it does just as you ask.
Paul tells the Ephesians (vs. 13-17) that God asks us to do the same. Here’s that section that I rewrote for the tree.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Just like our tree, God doesn’t call us to battle against forces we can’t see. We’re called to prepare ourselves and stand. Just stand. Simple, but not always easy.
Your Turn: Have you ever been faced with a moment where you needed to just stand?
The next lesson will be HERE when it posts.