The sun had not been awake very long. It was peeking over the horizon. In the distance, beyond the trees surrounding the homes where I live, I could see dark gray clouds. I couldn't tell if they were storm clouds, or just sleepy leftovers from the night sky. As I walked down and turned in the bend, I saw something glorious! The sun was shining on just a pocket of still sleeping trees. It wasn't shining through them, like when you're walking through the woods, but it was shining on them, from above. It was so majestic! Some trees were lit up and some were still very dark.
As I walked, I was quiet and just listening for what Jesus wanted to say to me. He often gives me visuals to guide me to a better understanding of who He is. (He really does want us to know Him!)I knew He had done that for me today.
The light shining on the trees reminded me of how He watches over us. He is above us, yet with us. His light shines in all the dark places. Once we invite Him in, the darkness flees. Darkness is always defeated by light. It can't win.
Even though there were a lot of trees that were lit up this morning, there was still a lot of darkness. That is our wake up call to be the light in the life of someone who is in darkness. We don't know how much time is left. We must live with purpose and we can't afford to take our eyes off the prize of Jesus Christ! There is work to be done. He lights our way and guides our steps.
Isaiah 9:2 speaks to us about when Christ was to be born. It says "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
This verse speaks hope to us! We no longer live in the land of the shadow of death! The light has come!