Saturday, December 21, 2013

Best Laid Plans

Today is best titled: "Best laid plans of mice and men often go astray."

This Saturday was supposed to be full of Christmas. Christmas shipping, Christmas concert, Christmas party.

Amazon laid waste to my shipping plans. I have a package that arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The original delivery was supposed to be Thursday. The package is still not here. It is somewhere in OKC but not in my living room. So the part of our family who live faraway will have presents to open on New Year's Eve.

The Christmas concert went off with out a hitch and Hilde did splendidly. I,on the other hand, recorded the video with the sound off. I kept my sound off so that it didn't disturb the concert.  I thought the microphone would still work. One day I will catch up with my fancy-dancy technology. Until then I rely on my friend, whose daughter also plays, to share her great video with me. I am thankful for friends who know how to use video cameras.



The Christmas party was laid to waste by an ice storm that hit last night and impending snow. While I am sad there is no party, I can't help but be happy with the weather. Everything is sparkly and ice covered and it cold and frosty, just like the winter should be. It makes us northerners happy when the weather behaves like it should in Oklahoma.

Photo credit to Dawn Gilstrap at dawngilstraphotography.smugmug.com

In hindsight this Saturday fits in perfectly with the theme of my Advent. (Each year an Advent theme bubbles up for me.)
I am reading The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.  It's an easy read but her writing and especially the questions are really thought provoking.  Basically she asks you to stop and answer the question: "What is Christmas really about?"  To me Christmas has always been a time of best laid plans going astray. Ask any character in the Christmas story: Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men, Elizabeth, Zachariah, even Herod, Anna and Simeon. None of their plans went off the way they expected.  So, I am in good company when my plans are turned upside down. In a year where it seems like most of my plans ended upside down this is good news.  

It is good news because I know that God works miracles through upside down plans. When it is darkest and looks bleakest and things seem like they can't get any more upside down; when you are at the end of your rope. That is when God steps in. Miracles happen.  Topsy-turvy plans get put back the right way because they get put back together God's way. Which is always better than what we could imagine or plan.  

So this Saturday instead of focusing on the negatives.  I am trying to focus on the positives. Presents will get there when they get there, it's not such a big deal. The party will be re-scheduled. I will get violin video and there will be another video next year. Hilde will be even better by then. 

I get to read, nap, blog and not rush on the last Saturday before Christmas.  

These small miracles kindle my hope that God is always working. Noticing them makes waiting for the big miracles more doable. That's Christmas. A small miracle that turns into a big miracle.

Turns out this Saturday is full of Christmas after all.