by Letitia Suk
SEEMS LIKE THERE IS NO OTHER TIME LIKE CHRISTMAS to bring out the familiar. Most of us find comfort in the sameness of the season. That’s why we like traditions and, believe me, I celebrate a LOT of traditions!
Christmas Carols fill the airwaves this season because they are so familiar. Whether we hear the tunes filtering through the mall or blasting on our car radios, we can usually sing right along because these same songs are the soundtrack of all the Christmases we’ve ever known.
Hard to like a new Christmas Carol right?
This story is so familiar. We know the parts, the characters, the set, what happens next, who says what, the beginning and the end. Go to a Nativity play in any part of the world and you’ll recognize the plot.
We are so drawn to the familiar, but how can we see something new in a story that doesn’t feel so new anymore?
Get inside the story.
These guys weren’t going angel hunting or trying out for a part in The Greatest Story Ever Told. They were just going to work that night. They kissed their wives goodbye, grabbed their midnight snack and walked to work.
Just like you and me, they were doing ordinary stuff.
God intersects with our world exactly where we are. Zechariah was doing “his priestly duty.” Why? Because he was a priest! Just like you do duties associated with your jobs.
Joseph was sleeping. Doesn’t get much more mundane than that!
Mary wasn’t just sitting around waiting for an angel.
The Magi were doing their astronomy because that’s what Magi did.
What are you doing each day?
Going to work,
Count on God to burst in on your world at any time and place.
Most of my God ah-ah moments did not happen in church!
When God allows me to be a part of something much bigger, I am usually not at church but at work or at the grocery store or at the book club or in my kitchen.
Like the time I stopped into CVS after work. Don’t you do that too?
On my way in to the store, my eye caught a $20 bill on the ground. At first I thought it was one of those not so cleverly disguised tracts, but it was a very real $20 bill. Right away I heard something like “Don’t get too attached to this, it is not for you.” Interesting!
I heard her before I saw her. She was sitting in the clinic area crying. A very distraught international college student who was informed the clinic closed a little early. Too late for her to be seen despite her desperate pleas. I walked over and sat down and heard the story.
She was a vocalist with a performance the next day and a very sore throat. She was hoping to get to the clinic, get treatment and sing the next day. (Aren’t we all hoping for something?) The clinic turned her away, she had borrowed $20 from her roommate (ding ding ding) for the cab to get there and now she had no treatment, no $20, and no ride home.
I took up her cause and pounded on the clinic door to plead for her. They wouldn’t reopen for me either. I got the manager involved. He was kind and offered me 20% off any purchases, but that felt like apples and oranges. I finally invited her into my car and drove her home. On the way, I told her about the $20 and gave it to her. Feeling bold, I offered to pray for her.
Maybe because she was trapped in my car, she agreed and mentioned no one had ever prayed for her before. I have no idea what happened after that but somehow, I think she got her treatment after all.
Expect that God will use you in very familiar settings.
The Bible says in, Acts 17:26, “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places that they should live.” He knows where you are and is looking for you there to tap you on the shoulder.
Especially this time of year, look around and listen. You are about to step into the story.
How has God used you in a familiar place?
Letitia Suk invites women to chase the intentional life. She writes and speaks of renewal and restoration offering platters of hope to women in each season of life. Her blend of humor, stories and grace propels audiences towards a fresh experience of God. Tish is also a retreat guide and life coach in the Chicago area and moonlights as a hospital chaplain. She loves to walk by Lake Michigan, browse resale shops and make up new family traditions.
Tish blogs at hopeforthebest.org and is the author of Getaway with God: The Everywoman’s Guide to Personal Retreat and Rhythms of Renewal. Visit Letitiasuk.com for more info. Getaway with God: The Everywoman’s Guide to Personal Retreat and Rhythms of Renewal is available now on Amazon.com.
Book Giveaway – Getaway with God
If you ever dreamed of spending time alone with God, Letitia will tell you how you can make this happen in Getaway with God. From taking an afternoon off to spending an extended time away, Tish will walk you through the types of retreats, how to focus your time, and what to expect. In her conversational tone, you will feel like you are sitting with her at her kitchen table having a cup of tea.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reveal the winner on my blog post next Thursday, Dec. 22nd.
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A Word from Sheryl:
It was my pleasure having Letitia as my guest on Spun By The Potter today. I have read Tish’s book Getaway with God. It is a delightful read. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down. I am excited to plan my first personal retreat in 2017.
Thank you, Tish, for joining me today on Spun By The Potter. You are a true blessing.