If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE Christmas. Our house has been decorated since November 2nd, and I’ve never been shy about it. Everything just feels happier with Christmas lights and stockings on the fireplace, right? It was, until a few weeks ago when part of the middle section of our Christmas tree went out. Now if it were up to me, I would have bought a new strand of lights for $3.44, wrapped them around, and called it a day. But my husband, being the engineer that he is, was determined to find the root of the problem, diagnose it, and fix it the proper way. So he spent the entire next TWO hours checking every single tiny little bulb until finally he found the one that had gone out.
That tiny little light had the ability to knock out an entire section of lights on our 9-foot tree. As silly as it sounds, something happened inside that literally sucked the light right out of it. And because of that one broken light, all the other lights attached to it went out as well, and they never even saw it coming.
Sometimes you might not realize who is noticing your light shining. You might not realize who NEEDS to see your light shining, because maybe you are bringing joy into their world. If you are someone who finds it easy to let your light shine, I want to challenge you to look around for those who might not be feeling quite as joyful. I can promise you that if you're open to it and you're searching for it, you'll find someone who needs an extra smile, hug, or word of encouragement.
At Christmas time, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in moments of frustration with crazy traffic, crowded stores, jam-packed schedules - all of these things can cause our lights to go out. Or how many of us, even this week, experienced a moment of grief, disappointment, or brokenness, or words that hurt us, that we didn’t see coming? Sometimes for us, our light can go out without people around us even realizing it. Or if they do realize it they might not be sure how to help.
In John 1:4-5 we read, “The word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
If you are a broken light like this one: feeling defeated, feeling like the joy has been sucked out of you, or feeling like you’re sucking the life out of the people around you this Christmas, that is okay. But I want you to remember that you don’t have to remain broken. You can find your way to the cross, or if you have to, find someone in your life you can drag you to the cross. Spend time with a Father who loves you and who wants you to experience JOY not only at Christmas, but year round.
Darkness can NEVER extinguish His light. When all the other lights go out, in your tree, or in your life, His light doesn’t. The cross remains consistent and the cross remains where we can go to find our joy and our light again.