Monday, January 3, 2011

Why Didn't God Just Send O?

Well, the Christmas holidays are over. During the last two weeks, I stayed up way past my bedtime and slept late almost every morning. I shopped a lot, hoping to find just the right gifts for my family. I went to a few parties--ate way, way too much--and exercised not at all. We took the tree down and put it and all of the ornaments and decorations in the attic.

Christmas has come and gone.

A new year is here. I have proof:

I stepped on the scale this morning. Oh, my goodness! That hurt.

I went back to work today--resumed my normal routine, but I'm still dwelling in Christmas past. I keep wondering if Christmas was really necessary. Did Jesus have to be born?

Was there another way?

Why didn't God just send O? Surely, she could meet most of our needs, and all of our problems would disappear--right?

For example, I'm thinking that if I had a little more money, life would be so much easier, and I would be a happier person. How about you? Would a bit of exra cash make things moe manageable at your casa? Well, O is a phenomenal philanthropist. She could contribute generously to my bank account and maybe deposit some in yours. And, wahlah! We could do the happy dance.

But possibly money isn't the answer that will make life work for us. Maybe we simply want to feel better about ourselves. We want excitement, adventure, success . Most importantly, we want to justify getting whatever it is that we want. Not a problem. O is one of the most popular philosophers in our country. Millions of people watch her show and purchase her magazine. And if she doesn't have the answer that you're looking for, one of the psychologists or counselors or whoever else she may feature on her show will certainly point you in the direction that you desire to take.

Ok, I'm listening. So feeling good about ourselves may not be the solution to our problems either. What if all that's necessary is to change the way that we look? If we could only have a few procedures done--like nip, tuck, lift--then we would look super-model cool. But how could O help? She's not a physician. No, but she could send us to the best surgeon in the world and pay for all expenses. I'm thinking that a shopping spree would be in order too.

Sweet girl, you know I'm kidding with you about God sending O.

God had to send Jesus. O and people like her may do good deeds, but they cannot address our real problems and needs.

See, our real problem is sin. I'm a sinner. You're a sinner. Our real need is for a Savior. We are sinners, and we need a Savior who can take care of our sin problem.

"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).

Jesus Christ is that Savior!

Philanthropists, philosophers, and physicians can't save us. Only Jesus can do that.

And that's why God sent Jesus. And that's why we need Christmas.

We need a Savior.

God knew that no one else would do.

Not even O.

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  1. Oh, Deb. How right you are. All of her money couldn't put me back together. I need Jesus.

    Love to see you back in this place now and again.

  2. Wow what a powerful piece. I loved the humor...and then the truth. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. You still amaze me Little Sis.......what a wonderful piece. A little humor thrown in with the Wopnderful Truth.

    Love Ya Lots,
    Next to Big Sis

  4. Hope you have a great year! It's always a little exciting for me-new starts. Just like God gives us each day in Jesus. Thanks for such a meaningful post.

  5. Deb, So glad you are back to blogging again! I've missed your sweet, insightful posts. :) Yes, it's so easy to look for a "feel good" God, but the real God is so much more satisfying.

    Still wanting to squeeze in a phone call soon... I should have made it happen over the holidays, but everything seemed so disjointed and chaotic around here. Maybe this weekend??

  6. I can totally relate to how fast Christmas comes and goes, Deb. It seems to whiz past faster every year. Whew!

    I'm SO grateful that God sent Jesus to rescue us. Because as nice as O is, she cannot redeem our souls like the One who truly loves us.

    Praying your 2011 is joy-filled and overflowing with God's presence. :)

  7. I so thankful God sent Jesus because He "adresses my reap problems and needs." Sometimes I just need reminded of this--thank you for doing that.

  8. I think the only one I've every totally relied on is God - when I hope and dream - that's my source. I cannot fathom people who wish others like O would fix their problems for them, or the government, or whoever. I think that's what is so amazing about God. He knows we can achieve and Be and handle everything life throws our way - with Him with us all the way. While we are to take care of widows and orphans, and help the suffering Samaritan - we are not to become a people looking for hand-outs from the world:)

    Have a blessed new year! - and thanks for the O-spiring post!

  9. I've been thinking about you and just wondering how in the world you are and where in the world you are! I hope you are well! Grace and peace.

  10. Hi Deb,
    Even though I am HORRIBLE at leaving comments, know I have been thinking of you, and praying for you, that you get enough hubby time this year!

    Right with ya on this post! I hate how this economy has hit my family, but it has also made me more creative in how I spend our money. I keep telling my hubby, the less money we have, the more creative I get. Let's just say, I am getting very creative with this latest hike in gas prices!!! And I wonder sometimes what goes on in the head of O, I wonder if perhaps, she does think that she can solve all of our problems. I have been praying for years that she would come to know Jesus. I am going to have to keep on praying...

    Have a wonderful day, hope all is well with you and your family,