You know what I love about Christmas, it reminds you all the great things in your life, things you gain, things you lose, and the things God let loose. But it’s also a time of the year that brings the most joy and the most fear and sadness. People are afraid what’s going to happen in the new year, are they going to get what it is they want, or is anything going to change at all, so many questions, and so many concerns.
People lose faith and belief at this time of year. I think that’s why we require such a big feast, no complaints on my end as long as I get cook and bake…. I am HAPPY.
But it’s like you have to start over everything. New wants, new desires, new dreams, even new diets. I see Christmas as a time of faith / fate, and a time to show your belief in God. Think about how the colder outside gets, the warmer our bodies seem to get, being able to keep us nice and toasty (you can even feel it when you hug one of your friends), you get to see a winter wonderland the second you step out doors, it makes you feel like a princess, snow so white and pure that it sparkles, that’s how our souls should be.
I think to myself WOW if God can make all of this and it gives us peace this season, how can I not have faith that He’s going to make everything more than okay for me in the next year. And automatically I think of something that happened to me when I was six, it has nothing to do with Christmas but it reminds me how God takes care of us and listens to our call and give us our heart’s desire, just as long as we truly believe and have faith. But here’s my story.
When I was six I had a long visit with my aunt. I was thinking I wanted a pet, and I knew the perfect lady to get one from, she was the lady of the birds, canaries for the matter of fact. But I knew I was never going to get one… my dad said “NO ,NO, NO!” Why you ask? Because my sister had a cat, and my other sister had a dog, and I had had a fluff animal of a sheep that I had gotten when I was four, named lamb chop. Don’t ask about the name. But I carried lamb chop everywhere with me and I would not trade lamb chop for any real animal but I really would have liked to have a pet of my own too, like my older sisters.
So when I was at my aunt’s house, I prayed to God once or twice but I didn’t push the subject. I didn’t even really believe that I was going to get one but I was contented anyways. When I arrived home with lamb chop in my arms, my mom came to give me a really big hug and kisses that could have drowned me. My dad had a really big smile on his face, while my sisters never came to greet me. My mom started to tell me how I was her little angel and I was a good girl, but something really weird had happen. She took me to one of the big rooms in the house and in the corner there was a “Beautiful” bird cage with two canaries in it. One girl and one boy. I was so happy, I didn’t even want to go up to the cage. I just hung to my mom’s leg… hugging her, thanking her, as did lamb chop. The girl canary was very bright yellow and very peppy and the boy canary was a much darker yellow and calm but cheerful. I took an automatic liking to him. My mom passed him to me while trying to take lamb chop, but I refused, so I got to hold both “The perfect friendship.”
The boy canary was such a perfect companion. I remember one Christmas we had bought my dad an underwear that came in a flap-box and when you opened it, it would play “Dashing through the snow. On a one-horse open sleigh, over the hill we go, laughing all the way.” Well I played this underwear box for him and he would chirp and sing, almost dancing. He loved classical music, I would play it for him and he would sing so loud, he would make the fat man proud.
I would pat him… Yes, he loved to be patted, while I would read to him.. Poetry and The Bible. He was a very weird bird but he was perfectly weird for me and he loved lamb chop. We had a our own little family. So everyday I would feed him, play the music as I would let him fly around the big room with the doors closed, but one day my sister left the door slightly open and I didn’t see it. The cat saw the bird, pushed the door open, my boy canary flew through the open door and went out the open kitchen door that my other sister had left open.
I went crying to mom, telling her we had to get in the car and get him back. My sisters felt so bad because they had become attached him, the girl canary stayed happily in the room eating not even attempting to leave. As tears ran down my face and I said to my mom while she was hugging me “ He’s gonna come back, he’s gonna come back, he loves me, I was good to him.! GOD WILL BRING HIM BACK TO ME.” She wiped away my tears and said “ Of course honey.” But she kindly stated to me that he was a bird, a wild animal, we were living in the city so there are many nice places he could find for himself. Just to believe and God might grant it for me, but if he didn’t come back not to be upset because if he truly was mine and there was that communion and he loved me even though he was a wild animal, if I believed, he would come back.
I looked to her and I stopped crying, I went grabbed the underwear box, the classical C.D’s and played it so loud in the house. I left the kitchen door open for he could hear, and he would come back to me the same way he left.
I put food in his ditch and water at the temperature just the way he liked it. I sat at the kitchen door praying and believing full-heartedly that God was going to bring me back my bird, my friend. I held my children’s picture bible in my hand, and said “ Lord if you can part the red sea, you bring back my yellow bird to me, and if you could rescue your people from the evil pharaoh you will rescue my birdy. I believe I believe.” I also thought if it got dark then he couldn’t find his way back home. I prayed that the Lord would bring him back before it became night. I waited hours, I would say about four. Holding lamb chop and The Bible; I kept repeating “I was good to him, he wants a home, not a tree, he doesn’t want to be free alone, he wants to be free with me, for I can feed him and protect him, and read to him, and to kiss his beak. Lord I claim you’re bringing him back to me.”
My sisters got all depressed and discourage saying “He’s not going to come back.” My mom smiled to me and said “ Just keep believing it’s not night yet.” I didn’t cry a single tear while waiting, I was happy because I knew God was taking care of my birdy, and me. After hours of sitting I really needed to go to the bathroom. I left the bathroom door open because then you see the MASSIVE hall mirror that reflected to the bird cage and the kitchen where my family was sitting. After I was done I went to the bird room to make sure no one had turned down the music, and all of the sudden I heard my Andréa Bocelli signing, I turned around and there he was singing, while trying to get into the cage to get to his food. He went and sat on the table I grabbed him and hugged him, and kissed him. I was thanking God so much. None of my family could believe it. I was like “I told you he loved me, he would come back to him, and God takes care of me.” I would like to add the girl canary was very happy to have him back….
So you see it doesn’t matter what odds are fighting against us. If you believe so it shall be. Never lose faith, but loose the strength of your faith and make what you want a reality. In Matthew in the Bible. A man’s son was possessed by a demon and he came to Jesus and said “Lord I brought him your disciples, and they could not cure him.” Jesus Replied “ you unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long should I put up with you?” Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. The disciples asked Him why couldn’t they drive out the demon and Jesus replied with this: “ because of the littleness of your faith; for I truly say to you, if you have the faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “move from here to there,” and it will move; for nothing will be impossible for you.” so you see my friends this Christmas a new resolution, an epiphany of never losing hope & faith, that God will provide what’s best for you. Never let your wants step outside of the precepts of the Lord and if you believe, they are yours.
James 1 : 2-7—“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let your endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord…”
I highly encourage you to read the rest of James 1. There are only 25 verses.
So if you want to find a great job, you want to lose weight, you want to work on a relationship, you want to find salvation, you want unity with God and the ones around you, if you want restoration in your life and family, if you want someone you love that has left, back in your life just leave your kitchen door open, play the music out loud. Pray, believe; expect it back and it shall be done. If you having financial problems. Remember what you speak, shall become. It is yours! Have the faith of a child, claim it when everything looks like it not going work out, that there’s too many things stepping in the way, just know that God is working in the supernatural realm, making it a reality for you. What you see, shall be…….You believe is received……. What you claim it is made…. ….What you have faith in it will be presented.
God is never late nor early. He could have sent me my bird within a few minutes but he wanted to see how much I believed in Him. Just know nothing is impossible for Jehovah Jireh.
Psalm 20: 4-6 — “May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose. Let us shout for joy at your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God. May the Lord fulfill all your requests. Now I know that the Lord gives victory to His anointed.”
Psalm 19: 12 – “whoever perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults.”
In case you’re wondering the where about of my yellow bird, he died of old age, happy, nursed and in my hand along with lamb chop who I still have.”