Be Still Know
Isaiah 9:2 NLT
‘The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.’
Walking in darkness stirs many vivid memories within me. I can remember just how lost I felt discovering how life would be as Katey’s progressive MS took hold. I hit out wildly, verbally, sometimes physically, blind to the damage I was doing to myself and to others who really did care for us both. When blinded we lose our normal sense of perspective, we cannot see, sometimes physically, always figuratively.
Christmas can be just such a time of darkness. We recall the positive event of Christ’s birth, and tend to forget the ruthless infanticide of the tyrant Herod who killed out of blind rage for fear of losing his throne. Darkness can make a monster out of any one of us.
I was struck in the past, visiting refugee camps. We have become all too familiar through the media with such camps, yet nothing prepares you for their reality. Media never can convey the smell. This is of overworked infrastructure as well as the fear and despair of people who never wanted to leave their homes or nations. While we see the apparent ordered way of life with troops and relief workers, there is often a hidden reality the people, especially women and children, experience, that lies hidden below the calm surface. Many refugees are intelligent, enterprising people, yet they are blind to any way ahead, and we remain blind to the great gift they are to us, even if for a short while before they can return to their first choice, the land they fled.
Tens of thousands of people walk in blindness today, seeking a fresh light offering them just a glimmer of hope. It is surely God, working through obedient wise men, who averted Jesus’ infant murder. His parents themselves, with just a glimmer of understanding, obeyed and fled, themselves refugees for a season. Christmas is asking God to reveal how we ourselves might become light-bearers to the blind, wherever they find themselves, and to whoever God sends us.
QUESTION: Do you feel as if you are blind and in need of a glimmer of fresh light?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world; may your light shine brightly in the darkness.