Oftentimes in our lives we face seasons of doubt, fear, troubles, failing and falling, or in other words, darkness. In our darkness we feel we might be lost forever, too far gone to ever make it back to even a flicker of light. Some face these moments more than others. As children, I am sure we have all heard and sung the song ‘This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine’, that song is talking about our own personal light, which is God living inside of us, no matter the circumstances. Even at a young age God wants us to remember the meaning and power of shining light. You see, light is the source that shuts out and pushes darkness away. When you are in a dark room and you can’t see a thing, but then you light some small source of light like a match or a candle what happens? The light illuminates a portion of that dark room and if you begin walking with that source of light in your hand, wherever you go, the darkness is pushed back. Imagine with me now if you didn’t just have a little match, or candle or even a light bulb shining in that dark room, but you had the light of the world shining in that dark room. You wouldn’t be able to handle the amount of bright light that would shine.
In John 8:12 the bible tells us that we have the light of the world with us: Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Jesus even states here that we shall not walk in darkness! But we have the light of life! Me. You. Us. We have the light of the world and we don’t have to ever walk in darkness. It states this again in Matthew 5:14-16: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. We are called by God to be that same bright and shining light to the world to everyone in this world and no man can put out our light. In Matthew 2:9-11, we read of three men who used a light to follow in order to get to the birth of baby Jesus. Those three men were the three wise men and the light they followed was the North star. It states in Matthew: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. God set a light in the sky in order to guide the wise men to him. It lit their journey and was a light even in the night for them to follow and to be able to continue their journey. The light of the world was born that night and that same night His light, Jesus’ light, shone in the sky to guide the three wise men and all of mankind out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.
Let us remember this Christmas season to 1) celebrate the light of the world being born unto us and shining His marvelous light, 2) remember that if we so choose, we can have that same beautiful bright shining light burning inside of us so that we never have to walk in darkness again, and 3) that we are to shine our light, our gift from God, to all of humanity; to love, to guide, to give hope to everyone. Let us thank God this Christmas for giving this world the sweet gift of Jesus to shine on all of us and for allowing His light to push back any and all darkness that we may come to in our lives. I don’t know what season you are walking through today but I do know that this is the time we are reminded of the true light of the world and what He does for us because of His beautiful birth. Shine your light through even the darkest season of your life and prove that your light can and will push back the darkness.
He gives us Roots so we can Fly. Roots and Wings.