The first year I made a pumpkin pie it was a brilliant success. People raved about it and said that it was even better than Costco pumpkin pies (which are pretty awesome). That fall I kept making pumpkin pies for everything… Thanksgiving dinners at work, small group gatherings, church parties. I imagined myself as becoming known for my pumpkin pie, like Betty for her cake, like Duncan for his frosting, like Pillsbury for his dough…
One evening riding high on the laurels of my culinary success, I set about to make another one of my much loved pies. I was probably in a hurry… I was probably talking on the phone… I was probably doing the one thing I know not to be doing when I cook: multi-tasking.
I remember putting the pie in the oven and thinking it looked a little strange, but too absorbed in whatever else I was doing, I figured it would look better after I baked it. 5 minutes after putting it in the oven, I turned around and glimpsed a peculiar object on the counter. It was a can, an orange can, and there was a picture of a pumpkin on front…my heart sank…it was unopened.
Instantly I remembered the peculiar light tint on the pie and surmised…
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar, and evaporated milk had been blended together but I had missed the essential ingredient – the Pumpkin.
I squeaked a bit and my roommates came out to see what new disaster had occurred. We all had a good laugh at my scatter brainess – by that point a legend in our duplex.
This morning, I went to the doctor. In between 2 different needle pokes the phlebotomist asked me if I was ready for the holidays. She mentioned that she wasn’t ready and feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed already. I get it, because I have been there.
Thanksgiving starts coming and all of the sudden its this party and that party and there’s people giving you gifts that you didn’t realize you were good enough friends to exchange gifts with. Thanksgiving week the calendar starts turning with a dizzying velocity created by too many sugar cookies, Christmas parties, and the newest rendition of “jingle bells” meowed by Nigerian leopard cats.
I turned to my phlebototomist who was searching for a better vein, “I don’t know if I will ever be ready” I said – ready for the frenzy, the crowds, and those caroling Nigerian leopard cats, but I am ready to celebrate Jesus.
I just want to not get so stressed and overwhelmed by creating a perfect holiday experience, that I forget the main ingredient : Jesus
Its embarrassing enough to forget to put the Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Pie.
I don’t want to get to December 26th and think “oooppps I forgot to include Jesus in my Thanksgiving and Christmas season”
Jesus isn’t stressed, Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Jesus isn’t dreading obligatory events, Jesus is Immanuel, God with us.
Jesus isn’t caught in a web of consumerism, Jesus has everything we need.
Jesus isn’t overwhelmed by the loneliness and anxiety that heightens at Christmas because of strained relationships or lack of relationship, Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor
– I am double checking all my ingredients before baking my next culinary wonder.
– I am making it my #1 priority to continue spending time with Jesus first thing every the morning. No matter what the day holds: traveling, stressing or recording my own cat’s rendition of Jingle Bells. Not out of religious obligation, but because He is my perfect Holiday. He is the love, peace and joy the Christmas season is supposed to be about.
– When I get stressed, I am going to stop, breathe and say “Thank you Jesus that you are Immanuel God with me…in this traffic, in this awkwardness, in my to – do list. You are enough, come and fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit so that I can have the mind of Christ about this season. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
If you would like some more ideas about How to Spend Time with Jesus, I invite you to check out the Series: Why I Spend Time with Jesus Everyday.
Happy Thanksgiving!!! The blog will be quiet for the rest of the week as I take some time to enjoy family and dear friends. I hope you have a wonderful week celebrating! I want you to know, that I am thankful for each one of you, and pray for you often! Thank you for taking the time to read the blog and share your thoughts and hearts with me. You have been a HUGE encouragement to me!
What are your Thanksgiving plans? What are some ways you keep Jesus at the center of your holiday season?