December 16, 2007
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Some time ago, we had a pipe break in the basement of our home. Two men, one old, and one young, came to fix it.
Quite honesty, I was awed at the speed with which the old fellow worked. He was quite a contrast to his young helper, who had a far more laid-back approach to the job.
When I commented on his work ethic, the oldster explained, "I work fast, because when I was an apprentice the boss would let us lay the first two lengths of pipe as a head start, then he would turn on the water –and he expected us to stay ahead of it.”
That is about as good a description for the week before Christmas as I've ever heard.
We have to work as fast as we can to stay ahead of the flood of things that need to be done.
Even then it seems like a losing proposition. Now is the time of shopping and cards and presents and miles of lists, which don't get finished.
If that sounds at all familiar, if you're having a tough time staying ahead of what needs to be done, I’d encourage you to read the opening words of the Nativity story: "It came to pass in those days. . .” That's God's way of saying, "I’m in control. I will make sure things will work out. I will get the job done.”
And He does get things done, you know. By sending His Son we have been given forgiveness, salvation, hope. God got the important things done. This means, as far as our lists are concerned, they are just icing on the cookie and tinsel on the tree.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, our lives are a flurry of activities and never-ending tasks. Help us realize You are in control and have already taken care of the important stuff. Now, all that is really left for us to do is love You with thankful hearts. Keep us dedicated to that task. We pray it in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries