Thursday, December 18, 2008

Is It Beginning to Look a Bit Like Christmas?

Christmas is in one week. If I were a small child, that statement would probably cause squeals of delight and wonder-filled eyes. But, alas, I am not a small child (although Kit might argue that point after her observation of my behavior last night, but that's another story). So the fact that Christmas is in one week brings a shock of awareness and a panic that grows and ebbs depending on the state of the house.

At first glance, this peaceful scene would indicate that things actually do look a little festive in the living room. But turn around to view the kitchen and you will find a completely different appearance there and in the dining areas.










Maybe things are better upstairs, you wonder? Let's check out our bathroom and my infamous (or possibly now famous) sink. Notice the area to the back left of the picture where the toilet is...not. But can you see how great the new floor looks?



While the intended usefulness of the missing toilet is not available in its present location, if we could work out a few plumbing adjustments, a nightly visit would take far less time!



I think getting the house ready to sell is a small snapshot of what God has been doing in our lives. He's taken the basic structure and left it intact, but completely torn off the old and put on the new. Lest you fret and think all is in disorder, we are slowly getting things finished and there are moments of quiet rest beginning to take place again. (Unless you work for the Atlanta Braves, and if so, then I think Santa might be your best hope).



While it's probably irreverent in some deep theological way, I leave you with my favorite picture of the day. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him". That's Christmas, that's our hope, that's our life. Even if Jesus really wasn't a pea.

7 comments:

Glenda said...

Jill, I love your humor and your tender heart. I'm praying your Christmas will be filled with times of peace and joy even in the midst of all the chaos. I know you will enjoy having your family around you!
God bless you dear friend!

Glenda said...

Hey Jill...your blog is 3 hours too early on the time stamp. Just posted on Tiffany's after I visited your blog and noticed the difference in the time stamp. Wow...it really IS after 4:20am so I'd better get to sleep! Paige and I were both up late like a couple of irresponsible children tonight...but it was a fun night watching Prince Caspian!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Jill and all! I so enjoy your blog! Loved the scripture you chose...really NOTHING else matters! Temporary homes will never out do the one that awaits those who believe! Christmas blessings....I will be in touch! Debbie

Tiffany Jones said...

Hahaha....Nice post, Mum! And I loved the last picture. :) No matter what the house looks like, we will all be together and enjoy hanging out, playing, and having fun. Wii anyone?? :) Can't wait to see you in 4 days!! Love you!

Jill said...

Glenda - I knew the time stamp wasn't right, but just figured out how to change it. Thanks for helping me learn something new!!

Erin said...

It is looking great, Jill!

Janet said...

Since you speak of perspectives, I think the toilet is in a perfect place...you can use it as soon as you leave your bed & let the installers worry about how to get rid of your presents! Hope your weekend is somewhat less chaotic...Love you!!