It’s that jolly time of year! The week that we remember to be thankful! Some of you have Christmas lights up before Thanksgiving, and others find it incomprehensible to even mention Christmas without getting past Thanksgiving. Oh the hardships we face!
For many of us, this time of year is all about the joy of giving thanks and the giving and receiving of gifts. You can feel the excitement in the air. But unfortunately, this time of year also causes people to face their actual hardships and struggles. Doing so, brings out many emotions other than ‘jolly’! They become sidetracked and disheartened; overwhelmed by life’s obstacles/burdens/trials/etc. And in the chaos of the season, wrapped up in our own glee, it’s easy to miss, or not understand the hurt of people all around us.
I’m reminded of a Hymn I grew up singing in church…
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,Look full in His wonderful face,And the things of Earth,Will grow strangely dimIn the light, of His glory and grace!”
One look at Jesus’ face… Does this hymn mean that with one look at Him, all problems go away??? No! On the contrary, one look at Jesus’ face, reminds me of His love and His truth in the middle of the storms. I look to Him to remind me that when it seems that everyone has failed me, “He will never leave me, nor forsake me.” I look to Him to remind me that when everything seems to be crumbling around me and the storms of life, seem to have swamped me, “He is my Rock and my Refuge.” I look to Him to remind me that when I’ve stumbled and fallen short, “His grace is sufficient for me.”
All it takes is one look on Jesus’ face. The problem for many is that within the storms of life, it can be hard to look up. We instead, tend to focus on the wave that very well seems to be crashing right on top of us. As you enjoy this season and focus on Him, remember there are those around you who need to know what it is you’re looking at! For some, the only Jesus they will see, will be His reflection through you.
Celebrate and enjoy this time of year. But while doing so, make it a point to look for the opportunity to be His light of glory and grace to someone around you.