I know I’ve written about this before but it’s worth remembering again. One of my favorite parts about wintertime and the house we live in here in Georgia is the fireplace. I love my little routine of getting out of bed, turning the fire on, and sipping coffee. The turning of the knob to ON in the fireplace is one of the few tasks where I am completely in the moment. Some times there are tasks we seem to do on auto pilot but this is not the case with the fireplace. Time seems to slow down for a second and I become fully aware of the activity. It fills me with a sense of joy and anticipation.
Today we will put our Christmas tree up. Plugging the tree lights in every morning gives me the same exact feeling as the turning of the fireplace knob. It’s not an autopilot task; it’s a full of expectation task. I am on the cusp of something beautiful and my heart knows it.
This morning, I sat here comparing these two tasks to my love of getting up early. I have always loved waking up before the sun rises. I’ve noticed how there’s an underlying joy present in my heart much like the turning of the knob or the plugging in of the tree. I love watching the darkness become filled with light.
I can’t help but think of Jesus and all the times we read in scripture of Him being the light of the world and how this light triumphs over the darkness. I love how He promises that those who walk with Him will never walk in darkness but will carry with them this light of life. I love the promise that this light is offered to everyone. I love how this light can come into a life an illuminate a heart and give knowledge and understanding of God’s glory. I love the incredible hope that this offers us. Darkness is not our home. The dawn is always upon us. The knob is always turning on. The lights are always being plugged in. Again and again and again.
“The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16
“Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
“I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness.” John 12:46
For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.” 1 John 1:5
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16