So, what is all this counting about? I mean, couldn’t you just send up a thank you and carry on? Is it really imperative to stop and write it all down? To keep numbering to infinity? Why write?
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. Exodus 34
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates…12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 6
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31:33
We write this to make our joy complete. I John 1:4
The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Revelation 3:12
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 NIV
God has been writing for a long time. His greatest Masterpiece is The Word. Christ came down to earth and dwelt among us and died for us and rose again and ascended, but He has kept His promise. He is still with us! His physical hands and feet have left earth, but His love letter lies open in my lap every day. How can I not write my love back to Him? How can I skip right over the moment where He is revealing His glorious presence? How can I not record these gifts? I have kept Nathan’s all stuffed in a box and an email folder; will I not also fill the storehouses to the brim and overflowing with treasures of His great love!? If He is constantly counting the number of my hairs, will I not also open my eyes to the minuscule in order to see the miracle?
So, maybe the best list you can make this Christmas isn’t the one you’re going to mark off and throw away. Perhaps it’s the one you’re going to make libraries of; the one that your children and your children’s children will come to see some day. Wouldn’t it be worth all the moments spent pausing to write if it meant them seeing a real God in a real life? And then maybe the counting will become your legacy; a legacy of remembrances – of thanksgiving – of communion with our God and Savior. You could introduce them to an eternity with their Creator and Love by showing them the start of yours.
So, maybe, just maybe, the best list you can make this Christmas is…
enough – even when it’s hard to see it as such
the “no stress” of a morning
enjoying hot apple cinnamon muffins with Hannah
early Saturday morning
realizing how great my need is
He is Present!
He has done great things!