“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2.
As we approach Christmas, my anticipation is mounting. I am getting so excited to share in the joy of Christmas with family and friends. The anticipation of Christmas is much like my anticipation for a baby to come into our lives. I have prayed so many days for this beautiful gift and I wait in hope for a baby, as the world waits in hope for Christ.
Isaiah 9:2 tells us “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” The power of these words are so beautiful. I mean, just pause and really reflect on these words for a minute…“The people in darkness have seen a great light..” Wow! I sometimes feel like I am in the dark, always left wondering what God’s plan is for me. This is a constant battle and I have to remind myself often that his grace is abundant and everlasting. I am reminded to remain hopeful and keep my faith until I can see that great light, even though right now it seems as though it is so far off in the distance. If you feel that God has left you in the dark, yearning for something that seems so far out of reach, you are wrong. There is always room for Hope, when we take time to really reflect on God’s plan for us and really take the time to look at the deeper reason for our pain.
This Advent season, I am called to reflect deeper into God’s word. Reading, sharing, listening, and contemplating God’s glorious presence in my everyday life. I ask you to do the same. Take the time this Advent to really think about the reason for Christmas and thank God for your trials and tribulations. It really will help you to be thankful for the blessings you do have and allow you to wait in hope for the things that you are still yearning for. Jesus came to this earth for a reason, beyond being a Savior in the flesh, he came to free us from our sins. When we come to understand, to know, to celebrate, and to receive the fact that Jesus Christ is not merely a Savior, but our Savior, we can begin to understand his plan for us. Reflect on this and know that God is with you wherever you go. He will not leave you in darkness, he will not leave you alone. He will be there to carry your cross and guide you into understanding.
As I think back on this past year on all of the emotions, longings, and praying for a baby, I know that it was all for a beautiful purpose. I was able to reflect on God’s word and really believe in his powerful plan for my life. I was able to walk out of that darkness, where I felt so alone and left in such great pain, to a place of contentment and peace.
In closing, take one more moment to reflect on these words, “The people in darkness have seen a great light…” You see God will never leave you alone in the dark. He will always be there to bring you out of that darkness and into the light of His everlasting presence.
Lord, help me to remain hopeful this Advent season. Allow me to reflect deeper into your word and help me to stay joyful in anticipation for your coming and remain faithful to you. Hold me in the light and keep me out of the darkness as I continue to trust in your plan for me. Amen.