Thursday, December 14, 2006

No Trouble

We were in our home tonight working on various projects and everything was calm. Suddenly there was big excitement in our neighborhood. From a distance we could hear sirens and commotion. “What could be wrong,” I wondered. Soon we saw flashing red lights and I ran to the front of the house to see what the trouble was.

There was no trouble. It was Santa seated on top of a big red firetruck waving to all the neighbors. With a bright floodlight shining on him, his suit glowed neon red against the night sky. I shouted, “Hey everybody, it’s Santa!” I ran to the upper porch, threw open the door, and started waving to him like mad. I jumped up and down and shouted Merry Christmas! Then I looked behind me and saw that Katy was on her computer and hadn’t even turned around to check things out. My husband was watching me from the doorway with a silly grin on his face, shaking his head.

Well, what can I say? I’m excited about life these days. I’m excited that after darkness there is light. After rain there is a rainbow. After weeping there is joy. After despair there is hope. After sickness there is health. After mourning there is dancing. So the next time I hear sirens or think that trials are all I see, Lord, help me to expect something good to come of it. James 1:2,3 says it so much better. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Wow! That’s pretty neat. It’s a great illustration, too, of how good always comes from what seems to be bad when you have the Lord in your life! :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Crystal La Brie Says:

    Dawn, I know exactly what you mean! I have felt that same way when I have had my own trials. I also have reacted the same way when Santa comes on that truck in our neighborhood. I get goosebumps! Isn’t it great that our Father allows us moments like this? It is such a freeing feeling. When I was reading your post I could see you waving to Santa, eyes wide open and a big smile on your face. I wish I could express myself as eloquently as you do. Pray for that for me will you? smile wink wink! Have a blessed day and enjoy those moments.

  3. Davey Says:

    On their Christmas album from last year, Point of Grace recorded a Michael W. Smith song entitled “All Is Well.” I simply love the lyrics and the melody:

    All is well, all is well, angels and man rejoice,
    For tonight darkness fell into the dawn of love’s light,
    Sing Alleluia!

    All is well, all is well, let there be peace on earth,
    Christ is come, go and tell that He is in the manger,
    Sing Alleluia!

    All is well, all is well, lift up your voice and sing,
    Born is now Emmanuel, born is our Lord and Savior,
    Sing Alleluia!

    I’ll be singing this at my church on Christmas Eve. Many events that have happened this past year have given me reason to pause and reflect on my proclamation that “all is well.” When I sing on Christmas Eve, and even as a practice, I will think of you.

    Because ALL IS WELL!

  4. Adam Thompson Says:

    Yeh, I can totally picture that scene. :-)

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