Obsessive Compulsive

by Dec 21, 2019Christmas, Christmas 2019, Devotional

I’m a little obsessive compulsive. I like things a certain way. I like when the lines of the screws in an outlet cover line up with each other. If I go to a friend’s house and they have a picture frame tilting too far in one direction, I’ll try to level it. When things are out of sorts, I can’t stop thinking about them until they’re corrected. You know, like a crazy person.

In the Christmas story, we read about a woman named Anna. We get enough information to know her life is potentially out of sorts. She got married when she was young. After seven years of marriage, her husband passed away and she remained a widow until she was 84 years old. In a culture that frowned on women who were unmarried, it would have been easy to obsess about finding a new husband, about fitting into the culture around her.

But instead, she obsessed about God. We read in Luke 2:37, “She did not depart the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.”

I obsess about imperfections. But Anna obsessed about Perfection, the One who is never out of sorts, who is always beyond what we could ever imagine. Her obsession led her to worship. Her obsession led her to Jesus. Anna’s obsession is in the right direction.

This Christmas, what’s consuming your thoughts? Decorations? Gifts? Travel plans? These are all good things, but what if these things can help us turn our attention to God? What if we can turn decorating into an act of worship? What if giving gifts can remind us of the gifts God gives us? Like Anna, how can we obsess in the right direction this season?

Read Luke 2:36-38

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