I sat looking out the window admiring our white lights on the house and around the gazebo. My gaze went to the Christmas tree and its twinkling white lights. I love Christmas lights, especially white lights. There’s something so calming and peaceful about them. When it is still and quiet it’s easy to imagine, in the soft glow of the lights, that silent night so long ago.
As I sat admiring the lights, I thought about how only a couple of weeks ago those very lights were a tangled mess. Not only were they a tangled mess, but several of the bulbs were giving off no light at all.
That’s kind of how I have felt a good bit of this year…a tangled mess, at times giving off little or no light. Can you relate?
I know of many who are struggling this Christmas. There are those in not just a battle, but a fight for their lives with cancer. Others are tangled up with various health issues and sickness. Some have recently lost loved ones, and still others have strained relationships or financial battles.
It doesn’t matter what kind of battle you or I are tangled up in. It’s a battle, and Christmas looks different this year. But the good news is, we don’t have to stay in a tangled mess. Dear one, as long as you know you are a born again, blood bought child of God…you have God’s promise to be with you, and He promises to untangle your mess, and my mess, to make our paths straight (Prov.3:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, Heb. 13:5b).
Yes, we may be grieving, or simply so tired we have no strength or fight left in us. But as long as we have breath left in us, we can choose to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. We can choose to smile and be thankful. Yes, I said thankful. Because we all have much we can still be thankful for. That is not denying what we may have lost, or the battle we are in. It is simply acknowledging what we do have that is good…and we all have something.
In Sarah Young’s devotional Jesus Calling, one line says:
“Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down.”
That brings to mind 1 Thessalonians 5:18….
“In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
That doesn’t mean we are thankful we’ve lost a loved one, or we’re battling a disease. But we are thankful that God knows how we feel. The God who hung the moon and stars…knows…how…we…feel. We can be thankful that He promises in his Word to be with us and that He won’t ever leave us.
When we are thankful…no matter what kind of tangled mess or battle we are in…we make room. We make room in “the inn” of our heart for our Savior. The Babe in the manger who stepped down into the darkness of humanity to walk among us.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14a
When we surrender to Him and His perfect will in our lives our heart becomes a womb…a womb for the Living God. Through our surrender, we make space for the Living God to grow within us…to grow us. We have to stop allowing busyness, anger, anxiety and worry crowd Him out of that space. The more we surrender to Him, the more space we give Him to grow within us, His light in us will only grow brighter and brighter!
“…I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12
When His light is growing brighter within us…others see Jesus through us.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden,” “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14, 16
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which translated means, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Make room…in all the hustle and bustle, in all the difficulty…make room for Jesus in “the inn” of your heart. Make room for Him to grow in you…and to grow you. Let Him untangle you and light your darkness.
As always, if you know someone who may be encouraged by any of the posts on this blog, please share. May you have a most Blessed Christmas.