I’ve had a lot on my mind and I haven’t made time to write because I have been afraid of what might flow through my fingers. I’ve danced around the subject many times.
Fear can do a LOT of things and we run to it if we feel it makes us feel safe. But in truth fear is just a lie the enemy tells us to trap us under his fingers and to convince us that by running to fear keeps us from the underlying issues.
I’ve been afraid of many things this year, but that doesn’t keep them from happening. God reminds us of that through His word. I can hear Jesus saying it even as I type this.
“Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it-saying your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” (John 16.31-33)
Jesus had a meeting with His original 12 disciples and walked them through what they needed to know at the moment. He gave them the assurance they needed that He was not going to abandon them even as they were about to face the toughest battle of their lives up to that point. It was the greatest moment in history.
Jesus was going to save them all, but it wasn’t the way they were expecting. Because they couldn’t handle the entire plan, He simply gave them something to hold onto. He gave them the promise of Holy Spirit.
“But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.” (Verse 12-15)
Now 2 thousand years later, we still have questions. There are rumors of wars and earthquakes and even people diagnosed with every kind of cancer known to man. We hear gun shots and even raging fires to take so many homes and lives. It hurts to hear the suffering. It hurts to see those you love to go through so much. And we fight between our reasoning as to why things happen and we get angry because of who they happen to because we truly care about them.
But we have a promise. And we have to stand on the promises Papa gives us. It’s not meant to be easy. We’re not going to know all the answers to our questions. Let’s face it. God is God and we are us. And if we don’t believe… how will the world know that He is good, except through our faith?
Yesterday I had the most amazing experience. My boyfriend took me to see Christmas lights. So many homes lit up the night. We drove for a good hour amazed at how each home had its own personality, twinkling the only way that home could twinkle.
Of course, there were homes that came along that had its lights turned out to conserve energy or maybe they just hadn’t had time to set out their decorations for one reason or another. We drove past those houses. There was nothing to see there. It was just another house, right? But for the homes that lit up the night sky? Well, those were a sight to be seen. And so are we.
As Christmas lights, we too must shine in this dark night. The cars are driving by and they’re looking. They’re always looking. Let’s shine and believe for the impossible so that our lights will twinkle. They’re dependant on it. We’re not responsible for the outcomes. That’s too much for us to carry. But we can believe. And that believing is what makes our homes shine brightly.