By: Gail Armatys, HeartSong Life Coach
I’m not sure where you live, but if you are located anywhere close to my house, this is the season of light.
Displays, simple or grand, they light up our yards and our streets. Lights placed in the shape of nativity scenes, Disney characters, Santa and his reindeer, or Cajun style – Santa and his gators, fill the sky with light.
It is fun to see the different personalities displayed in each yard. All with a nod toward bringing joy…all with an abundance of light.
The Purpose of Light
As I walked through the neighborhood, enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas, it occurred to me that there really is something to this thing we call ‘light’. Though it appears that light is a man-made object, you know – electricity, outlets, plugs, surge protectors, light bulbs, extension cords and such – the truth is, light is God’s idea and it has a purpose.
The purpose of light? To reveal and bring life.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God’s very first command is “Let there be light.”
God knew – and still knows – we need light to live and overcome the darkness (translation: evil, pain, despair, death) found in the world.
“Darkness and cold are great examples of evil. They are the absence of something.They are lacking.” Pastor Ben Trammell
That ‘something’ is light and life.
Living in the Light
Scripture tells us,
- “God is light.” (1Jn 1:5)
- We are to “walk in the light.” (Isa 2:5)
- God’s “word is a light for our path.” (Ps 119:105)
- God “made his light shine in our hearts…”(2Cor 4:6)
These biblical references remind us that our path is revealed through God’s presence and his word. As we walk with him as he directs, and as we read his word, his light changes us, and we begin to reflect him and shine from within for others to see.
In life, we often find that darkness tries to overcome our light through challenges, confusion, pain, loss, and discouragement. But there is good news!
Light always comes when we seek it.
Look again at the verses of scripture above. They reveal practical ways for us to move from darkness to light. For example, based on these verses, you might ask yourself, “Am I walking in God’s presence, his light? Do I read his word regularly? Am I following the path God is shining his light for me to see…the one he’s revealing as I give up my old ways, attitudes, and thoughts?”
As you listen to your answers, what steps can you take today to draw closer to the light?
Letting the Light Shine Through
As you may have noted, I tend to think of pretty much everything in terms of life purpose and action steps.
In light of that fact, (please pardon the pun), let’s take a moment to reflect on perhaps the most important question we should ask ourselves this holiday season concerning light.
“Is the light of Christmas shining through me?”
Maybe this is a difficult time for you. Or maybe you are in a time of gracious prosperity. Either way, God calls each of us (because he loves us and knows it is best for us) to spend time with him, to be in his word, to walk a certain path…to receive the light…and yes, to be the light.
You and me, we are to let the light of Christmas shine through.
In the beginning, said another way, “Let there be light!”
Thank you Lord, for the beautiful lights of this season. The ones in our yards, in the sky, in you – and in me! I humbly receive your light as I seek you in your word, in prayer, and in the steps I take. No matter what, may your Christmas light shine through me. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Commit to making time each day this week to read his word in scripture and to pray. Ask God to reveal his light through you as you go about your days.
Record your experiences and opportunities to shine as well as your thoughts and feelings as God answers your prayer.
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