This weekend, my dear husband took me out on a very special date. We went to eat at a tasty burger place, drove around the town looking at Christmas lights in different neighborhoods and then finished it off with a little ice cream treat!
Along our search for streets filled with lights, we came across a really special setup. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera along…so I tried to make due with my husband’s phone camera in the dark night. So, I hope you can spot the lovely John Deere tractor in this photo:
This lit-up tractor with green and yellow lights (again sorry if you can’t see it!) was probably the highlight of our night. And looking at all those lights brought so much joy. There are many people who have wonderfully creative ideas for their Christmas lighting displays!
All these lights and the glowing streets got me thinking…light in general usually brings people joy. And, in the Bible, the Lord or His Word is often described in relation to light. For example, 2 Samuel 22:29 says, “For Your are my lamp, O Lord; And the Lord illumines my darkness.”
So, even though we may feel surrounded by darkness at times, or wandering without being able to see, the Lord is there to light our path and bring an everlasting joy, even in times of despair.
Here are just a few more verses to “lighten” your day!
“Light is sown like seed for the righteous And joy for the upright in heart.” -Psalm 97:11
“‘I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.'”-Isaiah 42:16
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” -Matthew 6:22-24
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth come to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” -John 3:18-21
“While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” -John 9:5
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” -Psalm 119:105
It always has amazed me how lit up some years, even whole streets, look during the season of Christmas lights. And, with the additions of snow over the weekend, all the lights reflect…making everything even brighter! Similarly, I am always amazed at how the Lord lights the way. And we as Christians reflect His light and His Glory. What a blessing!
So, I encourage you…take some time to go out and enjoy all those lights. Take a drive or go for a winter walk 🙂 Whatever suits you! There are some pretty creative people spreading light this time of year 😉 And also, check out other Bible verses on your own…there are so many about the Lord being our light!