You know the kind of day I’m talking about. It begins well, with sunshine and coffee, but then things begin to unravel. A phone call, a text message, a news report, a stressful responsibility, a physical discomfort, and life is sent into a tizzy. Well, the Bible doesn’t promise us blue skies and good coffee every day, but we are assured of His presence and help in every situation (see Hebrews 13:5 – 6).
A simple, but profound truth, came to me some years ago when I was trying to arrange a manger scene at the front of the auditorium. I was in a bit of stress trying to get it just right, when my good friend Bill Kemper came to the rescue. “It’s simple,” he said. “Just put Jesus in the middle and arrange everything else around Him.” That’s a pretty good rule for life isn’t it! Shepherds may be in the wrong place, wisemen might not be in a row (a real no-no for manger scenes!), and the camels could be facing backwards, but it doesn’t really matter. If Jesus is central, everything else will fall into place. That’s what Jesus meant when He told us to seek the kingdom first, and “all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)