Winter Meets Redemption…This title came to mind while out on my run yesterday morning. It’s a title to a blog post I hadn’t even written. I love when titles suddenly ticker tape across my brain and I have yet to write a single word of the post.
What prompted those words was seeing a giant Christmas ornament ball dangling from a bird feeder pole in someone’s front yard. The rest of the yard was the typical winter looking yard filled with brown blades of grass, everything had gone to sleep until the Spring. And, yet, in the middle of all the dying colors, a beautiful, shiny Christmas ball.
I had just hung four of these ornaments on my front porch the day before. I have to say, I experience unusual high levels of giddiness any time I catch a glimpse of them too. Why do I love them so much?
Then it dawned on me. Once again, it’s seemingly out-of-place beauty that catches my eye…giant Christmas balls hanging from my front porch. It’s kind of like my bagpipe player from the other day. It’s something lively and colorful and joyful in the midst of the ordinary and the routine.
Hmm…I know that we don’t truly know for sure when Jesus was born, many scholars say the actual event took place closer to springtime, but I’ve always loved the image in Scripture of Jesus being born in a lowly stable. I always imagine winter time even though that’s probably not accurate. I always imagine his surroundings when he showed up in our world to be brown or drab and old-looking. And, yet, in the middle of all the ordinary, new life and beauty suddenly appears.
Today, look for the out-of-place beauty and joy. I would love for you to come back and share your findings!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look at my giant Christmas balls for a minute. They make me smile.