I was irritable, moody, exhausted, and needed quiet. Between getting BLT’s on the table, breaking up fights, one unhappy child, meeting deadlines, and ensuring the kids were doing their online schooling assignments, I yelled and screamed at my kids from yet another heated argument they got into over someone breathing on them.
I needed to press the restart button to the day and it wasn’t even 10:00 am. The dog and cat even looked at me like I was slightly crazy. The load was so heavy that day, I couldn’t carry it. I’d been handed more than I could chew.
Perhaps, you’ve been there before or are presently bogged down in your overwhelming circumstances – maybe not with raising young children but with caring for a loved one, waiting for a new job, watching a friend suffer, strained relationships, dealing with a difficult spouse, feeling unstable in today’s world, and more.
I don’t know about you, but unstable circumstances sure reveal my brokenness and need for Jesus. My sinful nature that creeps in so ugly sometimes reminds me of my humanity. I can’t do life alone. I can’t make it without Jesus or others by my side.
I realize my utmost need for Christ is what Christmas is all about. Christmas shouts to you and me, “Come.” To those who are needy; and that’s all of us no matter how good we look on the outside or the raw emotions hiding behind a smile.
God sent his son Jesus into the world knowing exactly our poor condition. He knew you and I were broken and needed rescuing, a complete regeneration of our hearts. He knew the world was dark. Yet, he came anyway. He came for the unfaithfulness, insecurity, bitterness, fear, doubt, and more that invades our hearts more than we like to admit.
He came right into the mess of our lives to reveal the mystery of his great love. He came into the darkness as the Light – as your light today. Trust him when he says, “Come.” He will be everything you need in life’s struggles. He will be all you need when your heart is hurting.
O come, all you unfaithful
Come, weak and unstable
Come, know you are not alone
O come, barren and waiting ones
Weary of praying, come
See what your God has done
Christ is born for you
O come, bitter and broken
Come with fears unspoken
Come, taste of His perfect love (Sovereign Grace Music)
Blessings to you,
Samantha Krieger is a pastor’s wife and mom to 4. She is the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. Her writing appears regularly on Her View From Home, TODAY Parenting, and For the Family. Connect with her on Instagramand Facebook.