A couple of weeks ago I wasn’t sure but over the last few days it has become obvious that it will be ready – right on time!
I have a number of well established trees and shrubs around my house and at different times throughout the year they come into their own and put on a display. In one corner of my garden there is a tree that is not much to look at for most of the year but as the year comes to a close it blossoms into white petals which then turn a beautiful pink-red, right on cue – last year this happened a week before Christmas and it looks like this year it is going to do the same – it is aptly named Ceratopetalum gummiferum or Christmas Bush.
This is only the second year we have been around to witness this display but already for me it has become a reminder of the ‘season’ we are in. At this time of year we erect and trim trees, we put out tinsel and baubles, we prepare cakes, sweets and treats, we hear (and probably sing) silly songs which remind us “Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la laaaa la la la la!”
It is called the “Christmas Season” and there are things that we expect at this particular time of year. We expect summer fruit, hot weather, afternoon thunderstorms and our grass to grow faster than we can mow it!
But what do we expect of ourselves?
I expect my Christmas bush to blossom right on cue but what should be evident within me during this special time of year?
What is it the season for?
When Jesus came to earth, the first message the angels sang was filled with joy saying “Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all mankind”. It ushered in a time of hope, possibilities and freedom for all – it demonstrated that in the middle of the darkest times there is a season for hope and light and the opportunity to believe again that there is a future that is worth looking forward to.
My Christmas Bush is doing what it is supposed to do in this season – my question for you is are you?
This Christmas you should be blossoming with love, with joy and with hope – not in yourself, and your personal circumstances but in the confidence that the central message of Christmas– Jesus available for you – is still current, potent and present in your life.
Tis the season – are you ready?