Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Sea of Lights

Once upon a time, there's sat a young girl high in the sky looking out a small window onto the world below. There were cities, towns, and countrysides full of people.

Though she could not see them, she new they were there sleeping under a dark blanket in a sea of street lights. Looking to her left, the North star hung high next to the moon. Patches of clouds floated by in silence. It was so quiet... so lonely.... yet so beautiful. Feeling so close to God, her heart fluttered.

Landing back into reality, she reentered the hustle and bustle of the world around her. Only this time it was different. Through the chaos, she felt peace. Driving back home, the lights were no longer distant. The people were seen, and the warmth of Christmas began to fill the air. Families had decorated in celebration. Christmas trees glowed in more windows than in the past several years. Strung about homes were twinkling Christmas lights and festive wreaths. Though the world seemed to get increasingly commercialized, maybe... just maybe... more people were recognizing the true Spirit of Christmas... the real meaning!

How many times have you found yourself getting caught up in the "All I want for Christmas lists" and "Buy Buy Buying for your families?" Racing here and there for this and that... does it matter? I do believe it's "Tis' the season for giving," but is that the meaning of Christmas? No. Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Our Savior who was born into this fallen world perfect in the image of God came to save us! Isn't that exciting? So listen, don't stress yourself out this Christmas, be at peace with Jesus and enjoy the season. Look at life through Christ. We are tiny from a far but we matter to Him more than anything else on the earth. The one and only God, all seeing and all knowing is looking down on us. You may not think you matter very much, you may be lonely this time of year without family, but know that our heavenly Father is holding you and loves you unconditionally. With Him, you are NEVER alone. You think it's pretty when street lights light up our world, well take a look when Christmas lights are strung everywhere... there's even more light glowing across the world this time of year. So let YOUR lights shine for our Savior! I couldn't help but think of the star that shone over Bethlehem the night of Jesus' birth when I looked out my window from up in the sky and saw the bright star hanging next to the moon. All praise be to God!

Merry Christmas Scripture:

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box." Luke 2:9-12

"She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's Unbelievable!

Once upon a time, I took a step back from life. My heart was being pulled in so many different directions I was unsure of which way was up, down, left, or right; yet everything was okay. The clock still ticked, the sun still rose, and the moon still hung in the night sky. Though time passed, in my head, everything stood still. The feelings that came over me were indescribable. I had finally reached the point in my relationship with Christ where I realized He is all I need. My soul felt consumed like a fire. God, the creator of all living and nonliving things breathed life into me. Over the years, I've seen Him play so many different roles in my life. At this very moment, I see Him as my groom. He has promised me eternity with Him. He claimed me as His own when I was only 5 years old. Since then, I had seen Him mostly as my heavenly Father. Now, I see Him as my Knight in Shining Armor!

It's unbelievable! At the start of my Sophomore year of college, I felt God working in me in ways I hadn't before. I felt the Creator at work. With part of my heart longing for Romania to be with the sweet babies in the village, another part longing to be with my family, another to be working with special needs children, and another longing for my future husband, my head went spinning. Having no idea what was in store for my life, I gave everything to God. God, knowing the desires of my heart put my mind at ease. Though I long to meet my husband, I have my eternal groom by my side forever. Though I'm not in Romania, my knight in shining armor is caring for them always. When I can't be with my family, He gives me the love, warmth, and strength to get me through. In times I cannot spend with special needs children, He reminds me of His plans. Though I cannot spend much time with them now, He is equipping me for helping them in the future.

As I lay thinking about my groom, my knight in shining armor, I am reminded of His perfection. I am reminded of His promises He has made me and will not break. When I said "I do" to Christ, I said it for all of eternity. I am His bride... and my relationship with Him is timeless. Though the clock still ticks, my life has no end. My relationship with my heavenly Father will never die. I am at peace and content with it being just Him and I. He is all I need through Christ who strengthens me.

Have you discovered Christ to be your knight in shining armor? I pray you find a relationship with Him that lasts forever.


Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." John 14:23

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galations 2:20