This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all…But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:5,7
Winter is not my favorite season; it’s not because of the cold. It has everything to do with the shorter days and less sunlight. The lights and colors of Christmas bring warmth to the long cold nights and serve as a shining reminder of God’s love. Life apart from God can feel like a dark winter’s night.
When I set aside the time to be with God and understand that he sees my heart as a place precious, holy and sacred, a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit, I am allowed a glimpse of the light and hope Ezekiel saw.
…and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters. Ezekiel 43:2
I may not experience visions or rapt emotions every time I sit down with the Bible, pray or worship, but God’s truth works like a river whose steady force carves new places and brings life and beauty to the dark, dead, self absorbed places. The mystery and wonder of how and why he does this in an ordinary sinful human heart is something to be marveled at especially during the Christmas Season. God With Us, Emmanuel. The spell of darkness is broken in our lives.
Just as I take pleasure in setting my home apart and decorate for Christmas, shouldn’t I celebrate the beauty of his work in my life and in the lives of those around me? A heart surrendered to Him is beautiful indeed. Christ’s passion and death on the Cross confirms this. God make me more grateful and aware of how you see us.