Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Decors and Planners

A few days back, I took down the Christmas decors. I put it up last Christmas and actually wrote a blogpost in my mind about it. Obviously, it didn’t get to the papers.

So I took them down with thoughts of how similarly, when we decorate ourselves with things that don’t last, the ‘removing process’ is always tedious and unenjoyable. I love Christmas decors. Although I know that decors don’t say much about what Christmas really means to me, I still insist on putting them up. I make a big deal out of Christmas. I have all the reasons, right?

Taking them down is not an enjoyable as putting them up. And same thing is true when God asks you to take down some seemingly nice things in your life when their season is over. There are some things, however, that should have not been in your life in the first place.

My new year’s reflection, Isaiah 43: 18 – 21 says

“Remember not the former things, 
nor consider the things of old. 
Behold, I am doing a new thing; 
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? 
I will make a way in the wilderness 
and rivers in the desert. 
The wild beasts will honor me, 
the jackals and the ostriches, 
for I give water in the wilderness, 
rivers in the desert, 
to give drink to my chosen people, 
the people whom I formed for myself 
that they might declare my praise. 

There are many things about the last year that God has been talking to me about with 2 strong words: DROP IT!

At first, I tried to ask God to explain to me these things. How silly. I asked as if, when God explains them, my small mind would understand. “My thoughts are not your thoughts…” . I went back to sanity soon enough and surrendered.

There is a reason why God wants us to ‘bury’ these things away. The Lord has promised that He is doing a new thing:

(a) A way in the wilderness – The dead-end situations will see new pathways to freedom.

(b) Rivers in the desert – The Lord will make appointments to refresh us just when we can’t see Him.

(c) The wild beast will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches – All that make you afraid will fall before my feet. There is nothing to fear.

All these because we are chosen with one purpose: TO DECLARE HIS PRAISE.

So, out with the decors, in with the planner!

Its time to surrender the plans to the maker so He can plot His praise!

I always decorate my planner. So here's the 'Planning the planner'  scene.


  1. Hi Jabez! Love this post! As I read, we haven't taken down our Christmas tree either. I like how you used Christmas decor to illustrate the main message. Lovely!

  2. "When I became a man, I had done with what belonged to the child"; that's part of the love chapter.