“Let there be light!” with those words, recorded in Genesis, God begins His Creation. From the beginning, light has always been a prominent theme in Scripture. Not only did God speak natural light into existence, He is the Light. In the Old Testament God guided the people with a pillar of fire during the night to lighten their way. In the psalms, we see a marvelous metaphor of God’s word being a “light unto our feet.” (Psalm 119) In the New Testament, Jesus says “I am the light of the world!” (John 8:12)
The light of Christ shows the way giving us hope. His light reveals truth. When we allow Jesus light to shine His light into our hearts, He shows us the areas which require his work and transformation. Also, in 1 John 1:7, the Scripture tells us that when we walk in the Light of Christ, we have fellowship with one another as we share the common light and life of Jesus.
The physical light that we enjoy in our lives reminds of the light of Jesus. Our need for physical light is tangible – especially at this time of year when the daylight hours seem so short. Workers in Polar areas are sent south for intentional vacations as they need to see the Sun. Some of us suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder). The winter grey sky and shorter day light hours do impact us and often trigger depressed times. For help, many seek the special lights called SAD lamps or Sun Lamps that mimic sunlight to help us.
As the special light provided by a Sunlamp helps to remind us of the Sun, the light of Jesus does change us. Jesus light not only points at our feed but also beams ahead. His light gives us encouragement in uncertain and dark times. It also, provides perspective and reveals a new direction at critical times.
Each of us experience the winter season in our lives -whether they were literal or figurative, I encourage you to open your hearts to allow the light of Christ to shine in you. When we let Jesus’ light shine in our lives, it not only provides light for us, but also can been seen by others as a beacon of hope. His light restores hope and joy to our hearts and souls.
At the dawning of a new year, I invite you to enjoy Isaiah 60:1-5. It is a timeless reminder of the importance of God’s light in our lives…
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
In the peace of Christ,