Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Tree

I've inherited a Christmas tree from the friends whose house I'm renting. Back in July, when I first moved in, I noticed the tree in a box in the garage. I was thankful that we would have a tree but didn't give it much thought since December seemed so far away.

But now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to prepare for Christmas. So the plan was for the kids and I to put it up and decorate it in the evening. I had visions of us sipping hot cocoa and admiring our beautiful tree.

After school, the kids and I went to Walmart to buy a few bulbs to decorate our Christmas tree. All our normal Christmas decorations are in storage in another state along with everything else. So I wanted to get a few items but not go overboard.

We got home, ate supper and I told my son he could start bringing in the tree pieces. After multiple trips to the garage to get branch after branch, I started to realize that this tree may be bigger than I thought.

As it began to take shape, I knew the truth. This was God's tree. He provided it. So it stands to reason that it would be MASSIVE!!!! The thing is huge!!! It stands at least 7 feet high, by far the largest tree I've ever decorated or owned. It's also very wide. The small area of the living room I had picked out for the tree to stand in was not going to work. So my kids and I rearranged the furniture and now our tree dominates a corner of the room. (Or should I say, stands regally and majestically.)

My 20 bulbs are hardly visible. You need binoculars to find them in all the branches. I'm going to have to get more decorations, because my tiny collection isn't going to cut it. (By the way, that picture I included is not The Tree. I don't have a camera so had to cut and paste.) Anyway, we'll have to finish decorating after I make another trip to the store.

But it was just hilarious looking at that thing last night. It's like way overkill for one woman and her two kids. I know God was laughing. When I look at that tree, I see the lavishness of God. It's a reminder.

I only ask for little things and expect small things from the Lord. But He has a much grander, more immense and MASSIVE plan in mind and THAT is what He wants to give me. He just asks me to trust Him and wait and dream BIG.

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His mighty power at work within us." Eph. 3:20


Becky Aguirre said...

A quick comment before I dash off to start the laundry...WOW! Great tree! And yes, you are going to have to get more ornaments because it's going to look funny all skimpy on decorations...our tree this year is about 2 feet tall. sigh. It comes complete with ornaments, though, and even a teeny string of lights! Miguel got it a garage sale this summer...but I do plan on putting up some lights and making some decorations with the kids. :) It will look like Christmas yet...

Jeff McQ said...

What an awesome picture of God's grace toward us! Thanks for sharing this.

donz said...

Hey Ang!
really enjoyed perusing your blog. love the music selection!

Somehow you've got to get a pic of you and the kids standing in front of that tree.

Maybe Evan can take one of you guys.

love you,