In the busyness and anxieties of the Christmas season it's easy to forget the big things, because our minds are being twisted in every direction at the growing mountain of little things.
'Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines...' (Song of Solomon 2:15)
In the Word of God we read that it will be the little things that can cause the greatest damage to what we have.
Today I'm looking at this through the eyes of my own life this past year - twelve months of the busiest work load I can remember, and I notice that all too often I allowed those 'little foxes' to accumulate over days,weeks, and even months, until they had taken the very feet out from under me.
But the saddest evidence that I'd given the little foxes too much unbridled access to my mind was the slowing down of my morning devotional time with Jesus.
For most of the last couple of years I'd open my eyes before dawn made it's appearance, and with expectant heart brew a fresh coffee, open my battered blue Bible, and even wider open my heart to what the Lord was waiting to share with me that day. Not once did He fail to reveal a previously un-pondered truth to my spirit, and never did He leave me waiting.
But over the past few months I've woken each morning with a different heart. A heart of sadness, of concern, of obligation, of hurried-ness for work to begin and eventually for the day to be over.
It snuck up on me, this growing distance between my heart and God's.
He hadn't changed, but I had.
The worries and concerns of life had overshadowed Truth.
I saw what I lacked in this world, and not what was eternally waiting in the treasure vault of Heaven.
Darkness stared back at me and I did not Light the candle of Christ to dispel it.
When I finally cried out in the deep darkness of my night He responded with such gentleness, forgiveness, and grace, and HE lit the Light for me.
That's when the clouds that had covered my heart drifted apart and I heard Him remind me that this life is but the blink of an eye in the span of eternity, and that more than ever before it is time for me to look up and hold fast because...
"....the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him."
Take heart dear friend. He really is coming. Capture those little foxes in your life that have drawn your eyes and heart and time away from Jesus. They are not important, so let them go.
Hold fast to what is ahead, sweet brother and sister in Christ.
I'm praying for you today, please pray for me.