The unseasonably warm weather has given me the opportunity to decorate my yard this year with lights -- I blame it on the weather because I just got to it Monday.
I tried to do it earlier in the year; I even got lights up on the roof. What an achievement. Unfortunately, God "took them back down" with high winds a few weeks ago.
Lights are the highlight of the season for my wife. It just isn't Christmas without the lights. So, I spent the better part of the day decorating an outside Christmas tree and a split-rail fence (with the lights from the roof), and putting up various other lighted decorations. I have to admit they look beautiful, at least at night; and here is the lesson for the week. ...
Because there is no snow, the ugly extension cords that are essential to providing electricity to the lights are all over the yard. YUCK! Talk about ugly. It looks like a wanna-be, do-it-yourself electrician did it in his sleep. Hanging off the fence, off the trees, snaking across the brown grass, all essential -- but what an eyesore.
Unfortunately, the lights are pretty ugly themselves without the ugly electrical wiring that accompanies them. Which got me to thinking ... these beautiful, twinkling, blinking, flashing lights would have very little brilliance without the power that comes through the wires; and that isn't so bad if there is a blanket of beautiful white snow to cover them.
Those lights are just like you and me, aren't they? We like to think we can be "beautiful" on our own, and to a certain extent that is true. Just like those little plastic lights, there is a certain amount of beauty in themselves. But it is when the electricity surges through the unsightly wires, and reaches the bulbs that the true beauty shines through.
What makes you "light up?" What is your power source? When we try to live a life that pleases God without being "plugged in" to Him, we are as beautiful as those lights without the electricity, but "plug in" to Him and watch a dazzling display of His brilliance shine from us.
I also couldn't help but see a comparison between the blanket of white (which we are missing right now) and the blood of Jesus Christ, which makes us "whiter than snow." It covers up all our attempts to please Him on our own, trying to provide us our own "power source."
We need to remember that Jesus Christ is the only reason for the season. I heard a story of two women standing in front of a department store window looking at a window display of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in a manger. One woman turned to the other and said with a tone of disgust in her voice, "Isn't it just like the church to try and horn in on Christmas?"
Where does your "power source" come from?
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