Several times in the last few weeks I’ve seen the same words repeated in the news, that we’re heading into a “dark winter” because of the pandemic.
Not exactly what you’d call inspirational.
Those words weigh heavy, especially when we already know so many suffering and grieving because of the pandemic as well as other reasons.
But we’re not the first ones to be faced with looming darkness.
In first century Bethlehem they’d been in what might have seemed a spiritual dark winter for quite some time.
It had been over 400 years since the prophets had spoken. Israel had long waited the promised Messiah. And maybe more than a few were beginning to wonder about those earlier prophecies. But in ways that no one could understand at the time, God was setting the stage for Jesus.
As the Apostle Paul said, “. . . when the set time had fully come . . . “, God showed up. Light began to spark and the darkness split, first with the announcement to Zechariah and Elizabeth about their son, John the Baptist, who would point the way to Jesus. Then God dispatched an angel who appeared to Mary to announce she would give birth to the Messiah. On the night of His birth, Jesus shattered the darkness with His appearance and His coming was proclaimed to shepherds by angels who shone with the glory of the Lord. And let’s not forget it was a luminous star that guided the wise men to Bethlehem.
Dark winter, take that.
Some may be wondering today with our potential dark winter if God is still at work.
Yes, yes, and yes.
Jesus’ words are these: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
We have a duty to act responsibly for others and ourselves, and to that end, there may be sacrifices we have to make. I hope we are willing to make wise choices. But no matter what happens, there is a light that can never be extinguished, and His name is Jesus.
During this Advent season, let us not focus on the darkness, but let us focus on the light. Jesus will see us through, and no darkness can ever overcome Him.