I opened the blind above my kitchen window letting in the early morning dark and there it was. A little shrub shaped like a Christmas tree in my neighbors’ front yard–twinkling colored lights–shining in the darkness. Now normally I’m not a fan of Christmas lights or decorations before Thanksgiving–but 2020, it was not a normal year. And on this morning that little Christmas shrub– it stood as a beacon of hope–a comfort for me. A reminder, CHRISTmas was coming.
And today it’s a welcoming for 2021. Goodbye to 2020. The past year brought us darkness on many, many days, but never doubt the Light, the flame it never flickered. The ember never became dull. He was in 2020, and still in 2021 the same bright light. For all the world to see.
John 1:4-9, In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 8:12, Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
God, He’s still here. He sees our tomorrows, our hearts, our dreams, our struggles. Hears our prayers, collected every tear of 2020–kept a record of them in heaven.
Psalm 56:8, Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
How is it I’ve looked out that same window every single morning and never once gave the little Christmas tree shrub a second thought–a second look, never saw its’ beauty until I saw it shine in a different way. And on the first morning of 2021, the Christmas lights are no longer lit on the little shrub, but it is still standing green and full of life–gathering and shining the Lord’s glory in the early morning rain.
In 2021, it seems we all need to do more gathering of His glory–be a light. Gather His glory in the every day–see His beauty in the simple, in the forgotten. Gather His goodness, His grace, and His hope. Gather in His glory leaning closer to Him in prayer, in His word and in His love. Gather up more thankfulness and know where all blessings flow on the good days as well as the hard days. Gather His glory and keep it close to our hearts–love Him–love our neighbors as ourselves, and shine our light brightly for others to see Him, in 2021.
II Corinthians 12:9, And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.