She answered my question with a question. It hit like a left jab to my heart that my youngest daughter, soon to be four years old, had answered a child’s favorite question with a hesitant question-answer.
A few moments before I had asked, “What do you want for Christmas?”
The realization that this dear girl, new to our family by only a few weeks, did not give me the typical laundry list of present requests, was shocking. She doesn’t really understand Christmas the way most of us (at least those of us blessed to live in the “first world”) understand.
She didn’t start listing every toy from commercials, the latest gadget or even brand names. It was a hesitant choice, seemingly unsure in the hoping for something simple that may not even be possible. For her, Christmas is the decorations she sees in stores and some fun songs she hears, but not something she gets to personally participate in. She loves those things and her smile grows as she screams “Christmas!” and points at lights on a tree, but she really has no idea how good it can really get for her.
I looked at her that day and with a joyful momma’s heart said, “Babe — prepare to be overwhelmed.”
In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! (2 Corinthians 3:10, 11 NLT)
We teach our children that they are now part of their forever family. We don’t spoil our kids, and we choose carefully just a few special gifts at the holidays. They learn of the greatest Gift, Jesus, and the story of His birth. But even just a few small presents with her name attached are going to overwhelm baby girl this Christmas.
How are you answering God when He asks what you want? Are you hesitant to ask, afraid a simple request may not happen?
As part of His forever family, He is ready to lavish on us. He has overwhelming love, overwhelming joy, overwhelming peace, and it is ours for the receiving — even when we don’t quite understand the concept yet. Relationship in His family is not a spectator Christmas, it is a celebration involving participation.
Prepare to be overwhelmed.