It was the best day ever. At least that is what my 7 year old (at the time) would have said. She was so excited to be at Disney World. We had even stayed late that night just for her and her little brother to watch the Main Street Parade. We made our way through the crowd to find the perfect spot. Pete ran over and waited in a long line for warm chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate. As the parade began, my kids’ excitement was bubbling over. Megan had planted herself right in the front on the curb and TJ scooted himself next to her. They were all smiles. Perfect, right?
What happened next crushed this beautiful moment to pieces. By now Pete had shown up with cookies and hot chocolate. As I twisted around to help Pete through the crowd, the people next to us took this opportunity to plow in front of us and block my kids’ view. Uh oh. Instead of causing a raucous Pete and I placed the kids on our shoulders like a giraffe so they could see. We were careful not to block those around us which meant we moved from the curb onto the sidewalk. Of course we were spilling hot chocolate and shoving cookies in our mouth the entire way.
This memory made me think today of how many times I have blocked someone’s view of Jesus (unknowingly of course). Although it doesn’t cause crying kids, spilling hot chocolate and shoving cookies in your mouth to bypass the blockage; it does cause a commotion. When I help someone or say yes to something without asking Jesus if that is His will, then I become the blockage. Jesus uses all of us in great ways, but he doesn’t need us to step in all the time.
One of my favorite sayings this Advent season is “just because I can doesn’t mean I should.” Jesus knows that we can do anything because when it is His Will, He gives us the strength to accomplish the impossible. The question is does He want you to do it?
Even when it seems obvious that we should step in and help, Jesus needs us to ask. He may be right in the middle of a “main street parade” for that person, and when we step in and take over, we block the best view. The other person’s focus may become the warm chocolate chip cookie and the hot chocolate not spilling instead of Jesus.
Isaiah 7:11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
Pray for God’s guidance in all things. Certainly we don’t want to block anyone’s view from the most powerful event that is about to happen. Remember to pray for God to reveal to you His Will. Open your eyes and stay away from blocking the birth of Jesus Christ into the world. It’s better than any Main Street Parade you can imagine.