Christmas is almost here, and let me tell you, I could not be more ready for it.  The year 2012 has been full of ups and downs and this past semester has been on full speed since the first day it started.  This Christmas, I’m just looking forward to having some time to myself just to sit down, take a breather, and process what’s been going on in my life.  But at the same time, Christmas time can also be one of the most stressful times of the year what with the gift giving and the family visiting and such.  This Christmas I aim to find the peace in all the hustle and bustle and bring myself back to the “reason for the season”, if I may use such a cliché term.  But truly, Christmas is about celebrating the gift of Jesus Christ born as a babe that has been given to us.  I think we could all benefit, well at least I know I could, if we took some time to reflect on just why this is so important to our lives anyways and why we are actually celebrating this holiday.

As I was thinking about writing this post, I had to stop and think about what it actually means to find peace.  I had to ask myself the question of what do I actually need to bring myself to peace with and how can I go about this?  Throughout this process, I discerned that I need to come to peace with Gods plan for my life.  Those who know me probably know that I may be just slightly a little bit of a major control freak.  I like to be in control of decisions and happenings in my life and I always like to have a plan for things.  I’ve been trying to work on this trait for a while, but let me tell you, it’s not an easy thing to get rid of, it’s layers deep.  I was practically positive when I entered college last year that I knew what I was going to do, but low and behold I already changed my major.  That whole process was challenging because I had no idea what my new path would lead me down, just that I did not want to be where I was, but now I can look back realize that God knew exactly where I needed to be and had everything in control.  I keep on going back to the example of Peter and Jesus when Peter walks on water.  I see so much of myself in Peter in this section.  The passage goes like this:   “And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”  He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”” (Matthew 14: 28-31).  God was protecting Peter from all the craziness, the blowing winds the crashing waves, that could have caused him to stumble and sink, and Peter was walking in peace with God.  But still, Peter doubted that God could handle this situation and then he began to sink.  I find myself trying to give all of myself to God, but as soon as something gets hard I try to control the situation myself, which really makes no sense at all, because I think that it just must be too big for God to handle.

So, long story short, this Christmas I’m finding peace with God’s plan for my life, for my future career, relationships, and other aspects.  There may be troubles in the world, but God has already OVERCOME the world.

I’m finding the peace and joy this Christmas by celebrating the person who overcame the world and allows me to find peace in this life.  What are you celebrating?