The tree is up and the lights are beginning to glisten and shine on homes around the neighborhood. Homes and business are beginning to show signs of Christmas with lights abundantly shining. There have been times in my past where this time of year would bring anxiety to my life, as my to do list just seemed to grow and I had no idea what to buy or give as gifts. A few weeks ago when God first touched me with the song “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle, I was sitting at a stop light and reading a church sign on the corner. It seems funny to me that I can’t remember what the sign said because I love church signs, but only the feeling that this would be a season of enjoying and not worrying. Maybe it was the darkness full of lights around me as I was driving, that made me think of Christmas and the coming season of lights, but I felt an exciting for the coming Christmas season, excitement, and the lights. The lights were going to be important this year. I stop and enjoy each new one home that lights up. I become mesmerized in the beauty of the lights which are reminding me this year of Jesus and his words in John 14:6, “‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
I love the Moravian star. If I had one I would probably leave it up year round, so this time of year I get to see the star again. Have you stopped to really look at one and see all the crosses that come together to create this star? I imagine this is the unusual star in the heavens above the manager. Matthew 2: 9-10 shares the joy of the wise men when they found Jesus, “After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” As I enjoy the stars of Christmas, I realize that the stars we admire in the heavens are creation of God. Psalms 147:4 reads, “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.” Each star including the one that rose over Jesus’s birth is named by God, the Creator.
Let’s all slow down this Christmas season and enjoy the lights of Christmas, find God’s peace, and His blessings in the lights. Let go of the chaos this time of year can bring and stop and enjoy what is important. Stop and remember that God brought his only Son as baby to walk in our footsteps without sin. Jesus knows us and understands our walk. Stop and walk with him through this season. I know peace will be found and will be infinitely better than the hustle and bustle. For as John 1:5 reminds us all, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Closing Verse: Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Challenge: Stop and Walk with Jesus through the Christmas Season.