Do you get the winter time blues? It’s really hard for me in Michigan as sunshiney days are rare.
So, when the sun comes out, it’s a gift and I relish the brightness. I watch for sunny images on the 10 day forecast trying not to bemoan the darkness in between.
And I count down the days until more light will gradually be added each day because that helps my mindset that it’s coming to an end.
And, guess what? It’s here. We made it again. The winter solstice when the Earth is tipped the farthest from the sun is December 21.
Now the daylight will gradually get longer now each day for the next few seasons! I know ’m explaining it like I would to my kids, but it just really fills me with near child-like excitement because we’re closer to the warmer seasons!
In thinking about this recently though, I realized that it’s great for me to be thankful for the warmer seasons ahead and for the sun when it shows up, but the season of weather and season of life shouldn’t really matter if my eyes and heart are set on the Son Light (Jesus).
It can be hard though, so It’s ok if you still struggle with this. I sure do!
But the light that comes from Jesus can break through all literal darkness in those days without sunshine and those days that are just hard.
He promises in John 8:12: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
And in Luke 2:14, the angels declared: “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When Jesus was born and brought the way for us to experience salvation, he offered us a way to find renewed peace with God–to restore a broken relationship that plagued humans going back to the garden.
So this Christmas season and start of winter, let’s claim His peace. Let’s look for the Son’s Light not just the sunshine and see what a difference it makes in the everyday life that can be so dreary and disheartening at times if we let it.
I needed this reminder recently and was blessed by a friend who prayed peace over my family after a particularly rough day. It helped me remember to shift my focus to God instead of the difficulties we were facing. It's a daily reminder I need, so maybe you too?
Look for the Son Light this week and in this season of life!