What Could’ve Been

I’m struck by the depth of pain people experience. And. It seems worse in the Christmas season. I’m of the opinion that some of it comes from how the western world has conjured up a man-made-dream-come-true-Norman Rockwell perfection. So.  When life is far from a bright and merry Christmas, the pain moves to the forefront of living, making the battle between “what could’ve been” and “what is” more difficult to manage as the count down to December 25 continues.

Those who’ve experienced the battle of the in-between space understand and know how overwhelming it all becomes when the pull to the side of “what could’ve been” wins. It often happens in a moment, when nothing seems right, when the bright colors of the season disappear into a sea of gray, when the pain is debilitating,  making it difficult to take one more step, or for that matter, to do anything at all.

The thing is . . . there’s nothing else to do, no magic, no rules to follow . . . but to make the one choice: call on God.  It’s what the Psalmist said—“I will call on God.”–

But I will call on God,
and the Lord will rescue me.
Morning, noon, and night
I cry out in my distress,
and the Lord hears my voice.
He ransoms me and keeps me safe
from the battle waged against me,
though many still oppose me. (Psalm 55: 16-18, NLT).

The truth of it all, the reality of Christmas, is the presence of God.  So.

Call on God.
God will come. Always.
God will never fail. Never.
God will rescue you. Always.
God will never lose the battle. Never.
God will never leave you; God will always be with you.

There’s a change, a rebirth, an awakening to the true Reality, when we call on God. There’s hope for something more. There’s no longer a need for a man-made-dream-come-true-Norman Rockwell perfection but a desire to experience more of the mysterious and miraculous Reality of “God with us.”

Win the battle.  Call on God. It will change your Christmas season, even when the pull of “what could’ve been” seems to be winning.

Learning to Kickstart the day, winning the battle of what could’ve been by calling on God,
Kerrie

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

My Three Ts–Christmas 2004–God is and was with us.

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