There have been times this year that I have been anxious. I remember one particular day this fall, when we were driving Madeline to the ophthalmologist at Emory. I was wound so tightly, like a too-tight guitar string, ready to take an eye out with a loud TWANG at the slightest brush. Before we even left the house for Madeline’s eye appointment I said out loud to myself (first sign of danger), while pacing frantically around the kitchen (second sign of danger), “I need chocolate immediately" (trifecta).
“What? You don’t have directions? We have to go print them at the church? That was my responsibility? What, it’s time to leave? You’re not ready Madeline? You mean to tell me you’re two-years-old and you didn’t feed yourself and pack your own diaper bag?? What, there’s traffic in Atlanta? Since when? What, Madeline doesn’t LOVE her carseat? What, there’s no time for lunch?? What? We’ve been married all this time and you don’t even know the EXACT type of granola bar I’m craving from the gas station in this exact moment? UGH! You mean Madeline doesn’t love having her eyes dialated? And she isn’t thrilled to wear the sunglasses the WHOLE WAY HOME?”
When Dan asked me what I wanted for dinner I walked into the next room, curled up into the fetal position in a chair in the corner, and started crying. No exaggeration, you can ask him.
But in that moment, something beautiful happened. Dan walked over to me, brushed my hair out of my face, held my teary cheeks in his hands, and said, “I love you.” Peace and gratitude swept over me like a flood. I released every muscle I didn’t know I was clenching. As my husband, the man that I believe in and love and respect more than any other, Dan’s love has the power to quiet me. When I am full of fear or frustration or worry, one well-timed, sincere display of affection can melt it all away and bring me back to center.
And so it is with Christ. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love...” The New Living Translation says it this way: “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears…”
Is there a fear in your heart that needs to be calmed? Could you use a well-timed display of affection from God? I pray that this Christmas season you will allow God to quiet you with His love. Rest in it, revel in it; find your peace and satisfaction in the love of God today.