A dream woke me up early this morning, but until I checked the clock next to my bed I had no way of knowing whether it was day or night. Was it time to get up or to roll over in anticipation of a sequel to my dream?
Darkness can be very disorienting.
Here in the northern hemisphere, December is a month of more darkness than light. According to intellicast.com, the sun rose today at 7:12 am and will set at 4:21 pm granting us roughly nine hours of daylight. Thankfully, cheerful activities and preparations for Christmas poke holes of light in what might otherwise be a dull ceiling of darkness during December.
The lights of Christmas do for December what Jesus did for a dark world. Maybe that’s why God announced his birth with a star. We weren’t there to see it, but I imagine a star so bright that it looked as if it had poked a hole in the dark sky to permit the Light of heaven to reach the earth.
Centuries before Jesus was born, about 735 BC, the prophet Isaiah wrote of a great Light, a child who would be born into a world disoriented by darkness. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2, 6
When Isaiah wrote these words, the nation of Judah had been threatened and attacked by an alliance between their northern brother nation, Israel, and the dominant nation of the day, Assyria. People were fearful and distressed. Isaiah said that without God they would find nothing but despair and gloomy darkness. Into that mindset came the promise of a “great light.”
Today we do our best to light the world ourselves, which might give the illusion of brilliance and clear thinking. But in spite of powerful energy sources and billions of blinking lights, people and nations all around the world remain disoriented by fear, confusion, and despair.
Until Jesus pokes a hole in the darkness. Has Jesus illuminated your life lately?
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus in John 8:12