Author’s Corner: Christmas Lights
Guest Post by Jean Matthew Hall, a Little Lamb Books author
Do you enjoy driving around looking at the Christmas lights? So festive and colorful! Occasionally, you can spot a manger scene or a Star of David near a roof top.
Have you noticed how ugly all those wires and sockets and extension cords look in the daytime? They’re twisted and tangled. They dangle from naked trees like nooses and smother shrubs. They really look a mess!
But, when darkness falls, and we flip the switches, those nasty tangles of wires disappear. We see only the beautiful lights.
Sometimes people think that when we get saved, when we have a personal relationship with Jesus, all the tangles and messes of life will disappear. But that’s not true. The tangles and messiness of our lives still exists. We still have sinful habits and bad relationships. We make mistakes in judgment, and sometimes we even choose to sin.
I pray the Lord will help us, in spite of the messiness of our lives, to shine for Him this Christmas and into the new year. When a blanket of darkness falls around us—when our culture tries to envelope us in darkness—I pray we’ll shine bright enough to reveal the LORD of Christmas to the people watching our lives and our churches.
When our grandson Mikey was tiny he loved the manger scene in our front yard. One night the bulb blew out in the Baby Jesus figure. Three-year old Mikey was beside himself. We had to fix that light right that minute!
When the light shined again from Jesus’ face Mikey got down on his knees and gave the figure a gentle kiss. Once again he could see Jesus shining in the darkness.
This Christmas season I ask the LORD to make me, and all those around me, shine His love into our world’s darkness. Like the hundreds of tiny lights that reveal a single Christmas scene, I pray we, as Christians, will shine together to reveal the Baby Jesus as the Savior of the world, I pray we can, in spite of our messes, draw attention to Jesus.
God doesn’t want us to fear the darkness around us, friends. A cavern of darkness cannot swallow up the light of a solitary candle. Jesus has already overcome the darkness. Like a moonless December night showcases the Christmas lights, He can use the darkness of sin around us to bring out the beauty of His Light within us.
So, let’s flip the switch this Christmas, and SHINE BRIGHT!