My sister helped me drag the tree from the attic; we put it together, fussed over the lights and made sure the branches were evenly spread out. My mom put the decorations on while my cat watched in awe of this new thing taking space in our living room.
After the tree was done, we sat back and waited for my husband to come home. I imagined him walking in the door with a big smile on his face, exclaiming what a great job we had done. That’s not what happened. Instead, he tilted his head and proclaimed, “Half of the tree is missing.”
The smile on my face faded as I looked at him. Was he serious? Did we just spend two hours decorating half of a tree? As I stood there speechless, he went to the attic and came back holding the bottom part of the tree in his arms. Yes the bottom – not the middle or top – the bottom.
All of our hard work had to be undone, and we had to start over. Feeling frustrated, I realized if I had just waited for my husband to come home first, this would not have happened. Later that evening, God reminded me of Isaiah 30:18:
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
We are in the second week of Advent – a time for waiting and anticipating the birth of Jesus and his return as King. Take this time, my dear friend, and prepare your heart for the Holy Spirit to guide you. Reflect and pray on the promises of God through the profits in the Old Testament.
When you wait upon the Lord and seek Him in all situations, your foundation will be strong. Without it, you end up with only half a tree. It may look good, but when you take the time to make sure your foundations are set firm with Jesus, you end up with something more beautiful than you could ever imagine. As you prepare for this Christmas season, remember Proverbs 16:3 (NIV):
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.