Week 48

Oh most definitely Peter! 

Peter lived with abandon, lived that way and likely died that way. If we maintain some parts of our personalities in Heaven, I am sure the very best parts of spontaneity will remain in him. 

It is Christmas time and I wanted to do special tea for this time of year. How about a little spontanei-tea,  known for a bit of spice and sweetness?

But, first … Peter!  

Some call him impulsive. He was known to talk first, think later, often a man driven by his passions. I think of him as being full of life. He did some of the very things that I might have done and later been ashamed of or felt very “cringey” about afterwards. There is life and excitement when we live with abandon, not always wise choices but God can use that too. He did with Peter.

Peter’s humani-tea made him the perfect example for many lessons in the Bible. He is most known for denying his friendship with Jesus. Peter said he would never deny Him, but he did and he did so vehemently. Oh what passion and assurance Peter used when he assured Jesus that he would never deny him; with equal passion he swore that he did not know Jesus.

Spontaneity led Peter to cut the ear off a servant of the high priest in the mount of Olives. But let us not forget that it was also Peter that stepped out of the boat, allowing him to walk on water!  I relate to Peter’s foibles and I aspire to his faithfulness.

Spontaneity is an exciting personality trait, but as with any good trait, it must be brought into subjection to the Word of God. Jesus, all Truth and patience, guided Peter to a life that matters for all eternity. I think that this is what He wants for our lives, to use us exactly as created for His glory and truly, for our blessedness and joy.

Almost every day I drive by a massive eye sore. I never noticed this scraggly pine tree just outside the construction fence, where thousands of pine trees stood mere months ago. 

When someone saw it – really saw it – they took time to do what entered their mind. They hung a single red ornament on it.  This obscure pine tree instantly elevated to a Charlie Brown Christmas tree! Genius! I love when people do these things and I am reminded that spontaneity and serendipity can be very good things. How many passers-by has this tree given a smile to?

I love this spontaneity!

Each time I drive by this tree, I check to see if the ornament still hangs; it does!  I think about the person that did this and I smile. And I reminisce:

Each Christmas I try to make memories, sometimes for my family, perhaps for someone else. One year I decorated my Christmas tables with small Charlie Brown Christmas trees, one for each person.  Why? It was the year our family went to the ice show themed with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  Each guest got to take their very own tree home with them.  I did this for fun and it was. I am not a Charlie Brown kinda’ girl but, heh! It was fun! Maybe we all have a little Charlie Brown inside.

Not everyone has the same level of spontaneity, nor does spontaneity surface always; thank goodness! It is one of the character traits that God created and can use for His purposes. 

Ladies, when an opportunity passes your way, consider just for a moment, then grab it. Go Christmas caroling. Invite a friend for pastry and prayer.  Walk through a local park that is decorated for Christmas. Check your area for Christmas cantatas. Drop some toys off at Toys for Tots. When someone asks you to do something, if your schedule allows – do it! 

Everything does not need to be planned. If you get an idea, it may be from the Lord. As I suggested before, consider it a moment; say a brief prayer – then go for it! 

As most know, I am a widow and my life has changed dramatically. There are things I do not want to do because I feel alone without Harry. I have that freedom, but there are things I can do and be thoroughly happy that I did. This week I had an idea to do something I have never done. Supreme spontaneity!

Before I could talk myself out of it, I purchased an annual pass to the Sea World Parks. I felt that I needed to get out more and I am comfortable going to places like that alone. The walking and fresh air will do me good. I expect to have fun and make new memories too! 

Whether you get a crazy idea to hang a Christmas decoration in an unexpected place or to visit every light house on the eastern seaboard. Just do it. It begins with one lighthouse or one ornament. We are not created the same. Make friends with your differences and you will find that you will make more friends! 

You never know what a spontaneous action could turn into. I will never forget a large poster that I saw. I loved it. The creator had a fascination with doors and began photographing them, stepping up their game to doors that were on landmark buildings. While I suspect, as one that sees a story in everything, that a book might have been written as a result, I never researched it. What this photographer did was create a giant poster of these doors and I have had the pleasure of enjoying and remembering. 

There was a series of posters from doors of different towns; you can imagine: What might have begin as a spontaneous act became a meaningful hobby that became a work of art enjoyed by many. If you are interested, look it up. It is a “thing.”

I want to be brief today; I know you are busy but I encourage you to embrace spontaneity, seize the day, the opportunity – for it may never pass your way again.

The creator of Charlie Brown was a Christian named Charles Schultz. He made Charlie Brown a spontaneous personality. Don’t we all remember the moment in the story when Charlie Brown threw his hands in the air and proclaimed with frustration and abandon, “Isn’t there anyone that  knows what Christmas is all about?!?!”  There was someone!  Linus shared the truth from the good news of Luke, chapter 2.

This month, there is surely one spontaneous thing we can do and that is to share the story of Jesus by spontaneously handing tracts, tiny brochures about the true meaning of Christmas, at every opportunity, especially when the small voice within us says, “That one. Give them one.”

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Linus, from the Charlie Brown Christmas story; the text from Luke 2:8-14.

CRUMPETS:

A few more Charlie Brown photos to go with today’s tea!

Scraggly can be pretty if you have enough of it!
For the children too!
Harry and Paisley 💖
Guess Who! (Lois and India.)