A couple days ago, a local meteorologist announced we were entering a period of only about nine hours and forty-eight minutes of daylight due to the winter solstice. To be honest, such news used to depress me greatly.
Perhaps it’s because I was born in the summer or because of my heritage but I love warm weather and sunlight. Give me days with long hours of sunlight and I’m usually thrilled. However, such a meteorological announcement no longer bothers me, and I know the reason why.
Isaiah 9:2 has a lot to do with my change of attitude. It proclaims. “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” I did not have to wonder who or what that great light was, John identified the light as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us and added “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shined in darkness…”
Since grasping these, I am no longer depressed by short daylight hours nor the winter solstice, for I realize there is an eternal light that shines whether day or night, summer or winter, noon or midnight, sunshine or rain or a cloudy day; and because of that, depression is in the dark past replaced by a great light who is the light of the world. Furthermore that Light declared we too are lights and are to let our lights shine. Because of Him ,we’ve been made partakers of the inheritance of the saint light. (Colossians 1:12) So can darkness prevail in the face of light? No contest! I say it cannot.
As the Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights and the Christian community celebrates the season of lights, let us unite our internal light with the Eternal Light to brighten the lives of the lonely, depressed, grieving, anxious, hopeless, and weakened by showing the warmth that comes only from Him who came to shine light in a world of darkness. Let us bathe in the rays of His light and dispel the encroaching darkness headed our way..
Awesome Affirmation: Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12.