Lights hide inside trees. They hang from eaves and fences. Solitary candles stand in windows. Sometimes they blink and follow to give the impression of movement and dancing. People spend thousands of dollars buying, hanging, and powering the lights. We drive for miles and miles hoping to see an interesting new array of lights. Why? Because they are beautiful. Because they remind us of purity, of truth, of safety. They are a shining representative of our savior, full of grace and truth. We are only able to enjoy the lights at night – when we are in darkness. Often the lights stay on around the clock, but we only see them at night.
Unfortunately, some people never see the light of Christ. They don’t realize they are in darkness, and never look at his light. The beloved apostle wrote, “the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now” (1 John 2:8-9). Jesus is “the light of the world” (John 8:12). Do you see the beauty of his truth, purity, and grace? Are you drawn to it? Or does everything just look the same to you? Like a small candle on a dark night, when we bother to notice, the Word that became flesh (John 1:14) will inspire us with awe and joy. Let us ever be aware of his glorious light.