Great Things Come from Silent Nights
It was a cold night in November. I was alone in the car, in a hurry, on my way to somewhere very important. It was so important in fact, that today I cannot remember where I was going or who I was going to see. What I do remember is the urgency of getting there, and how exhausted I was from the pressure of being on time to all the many meetings, rehearsals, and dinners the holidays bring.
I stopped at a red light and as I squirmed at what seemed to be an eternity of impatience seconds, I turned on the radio. The local station had already started to play Christmas tunes and the sweet and calming words of Silent Night filled my tired world. I closed my eyes for a second and drank in the peaceful moment. How long had it been since I had been alone and quiet like this? It felt like years! I thought about the ironic fact that the great God of heaven would choose a little remote animal stable to present Jesus the Messiah, The King of kings, The Lord of lords. My thoughts went back to my own life. Was I quiet enough to notice if God wanted to do something in my life? Would He choose my vessel, or was I too busy, too loud, and too flashy to settle down and welcome Him into my life?
The fact that it is the Holiday season often gives us humans permission to double the events, double the schedule, and double the list of things to do, places to go and people to see. We are often found running so fast to keep up with what we think is more. More events, more gifts, more shopping, more cooking, more cleaning, more meetings, more school programs, more costumes for the Christmas cantata. In allowing ourselves to become so frantic, are we trading the very thing that Jesus longs for? Personal, one on one fellowship with His children. It was at that quiet moment, sitting in the car, that He spoke to my heart. “Great Things Often Come from Silent Nights.”
I realized I don’t have to do all this other stuff to make God happy. I realized that “all this other stuff”, might be hindering me from hearing His Voice and letting His Word do something in my life. Say no to the chaos of Christmas this year. Take the time to connect with the ONE who Christmas is all about. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Be still and know that I am God…
Great Things Often Come From Silent Nights
By Sharon VanWyk
Oh little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee rise
Yet in the midst of such serenity
I hear a tiny baby cry
He didn’t choose to come where the contatas rang with prophecies about His birth
But in the shadows of those stained glass walls,
Our Savior came to earth
Cause Great Things Often Come from Silent Nights
He chose a quiet simple stable
Instead of glitter, noise and lights
Oh Lord, help us just to get away from all the business of life
Cause great things often come from silent nights.
Still waters run deep
So I’ve heard it told
But in this age of noise and hurry
I see a shallowness unfold
We need to take the time to
Spend some quiet time alone with Christ
Cause that’s the only way His word can
Bring forth great things from our lives.
Oh silent night
Oh holy night
Now lend thy light
They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
So be still my soul and know that He is God.