I’m getting ready to load up the van for our Christmas drive. Loading up the vehicle became more complicated after marriage, and then even more complicated after the birth of two little ones – girls at that! Of course, my philosophy on packing differs from my wife’s. She’s more into trails. Trails of items ranging from shoe boxes to grocery bags filled with odds and ends, and of course regular luggage. I’m learning to chuckle at it, but I do find myself asking why? Why all this hassle? After all, we can see family any old time. We can mail all the presents. Then, we can stay home and relax. Relax.
However, I always come back to the thought that Christmas isn’t about relaxing. Who relaxed in the events surrounding the birth of Christ? The Shepherds were the only ones who tried to relax. Mary gave birth. Joseph felt like a dummy for not getting Mary a hotel room. The wise men traveled risking their lives. The shepherds stumbled in bleary eyed. And of course, the life of Christ was not about relaxing, but about making humanity free via the cross. So, this Christmas, I am packing up the van and driving 11 hours to show my gratitude for God’s provision of salvation in His Son. I’ll relax this summer. Merry Christmas!