My kids have a very special night light in our small apartment right now. It’s a miniature Christmas tree with colored lights (it may or may not remain there until we move into our new house in March…). I don’t know about your kids, but mine rely on this little light in the dark, in fact, they have a hard time falling asleep without it.
In their young minds, darkness is something to be feared. I hope one day this is not the case, but for now the light will remain on.
Fear has a way of consuming our every thought doesn’t it? When we are afraid, we see things that aren’t really there, (and I’m not talking about monsters under the bed!). When we are afraid, things (problems, situations, the words and actions of others) seem bigger or worse than they actually are.
However, as soon as I turn on the girl’s night light, the small room they share is softly illuminated. The scary shapes take on their real form of familiar furniture, and beloved stuffed animals.
Jesus is the light that we hold up to the darkness we fear may consume us.
I don’t like being afraid, it makes me anxious, and when I’m anxious I don’t make the best choices, and I definitely don’t treat others the way I’m supposed to. With the help of my night light (Jesus), I’m learning to identify the fears that try to seep into my vulnerable heart. When my feeling are hurt by someone I care about, the offense can remain a solitary event, not the end all be all to our relationship. Forgiving and moving forward is easier. When I shine His light on my insecurities, I’m reminded of Whose I really am, and the purpose for which I was created. When worry overtakes me, I shine His light before my path one step at a time…abiding in His light gives me peace.
Jesus cried out, “The ones who believes in me believes not in me, but in him who sent me. And the one who sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness.” John 12:44-46
I don’t know what you are fearful of today, but I do know that we aren’t meant to live in fear. May the lights on your Christmas tree act as a reminder of the One True Light that has the power to cast out even the darkest of fears.
Abiding this Advent Season,