Light Broke Through.
Our very first night in our new home was an eventful one. The first thing we noticed was that the fridge and freezer weren’t getting enough power. Then we noticed that many of the lights were acting funny. By the time we sat down to dinner every light in the house was constantly flicking on and off. The best word I can use to describe it was spooky. Though I’ve never been in a “haunted house”, I imagine the lighting would be much like what we experienced our first night in our new home. Power outages in Malawi are an everyday, sometimes all day, occurrence. However, still having power while the lights constantly dim and brighten is not common. My wise husband rightfully recognized that there was something other than a power glitch at work. Since we know Satan and spiritual warfare are real, Josh got up and began an extended prayer walk through every part of our property. While he did that I had a decision to make. Was I going to allow fear or faith to control me?
So often my choice is fear, but thankfully I chose faith that night. I sat down in our living room with the lights switched off. It was well past sundown so it was dark, but the girls and I decided to sing in the dark. I turned on my current favorite kids album, Sing: Creation Songs by Ellie Holcomb and told the girls we were going to sing as loud as we could. Right then the track switched and “Light’s Always Stronger” from that album began playing. I began crying as God made His presence known in our home. Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:
Cause the Light is strong
And nothing can keep it from shining, oh oh
Here in the darkest night
No matter what
Nothing can keep it from shining, oh oh
And no matter how scared we are
The Light’s always stronger
The Light’s always stronger than the dark
Jesus is the Light of the world
He’s the Light of the world
And He shines brighter than the stars
And if we believe in His love
If we believe in His love
We won’t walk in the darkness anymore.
With that incredible reminder that Jesus always wins and pierces the dark, I picked up my phone to read a scripture. After several attempts through different apps and websites, my phone would not allow me to pull up the scripture God placed on my heart. Thank goodness I still use my treasured hard copy of the Word. I grabbed it from my nightstand and returned to the living room with the girls. I turned to John 1:4-5 and began reading out loud to the girls. We read it over and over. I had Ella Jane repeat it after me. We claimed that truth and didn’t let go. John 1:4-5 says, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Wow! Praise Jesus Christ who is light of all mankind. He pierces the darkness, and the darkness can NEVER overcome Him. Shortly after Josh finished praying and I finished praising, the power stopped flickering. We haven’t had that issue since.
As Christmas approaches and I direct my heart towards Jesus’ miraculous incarnation, I am reminded yet again that He is the Light of World. Before Jesus came to earth as a newborn, the World was in complete spiritual darkness, much like our house was in physical darkness that first night. Sin cast darkness over God’s world as even God’s beloved people chose to reject Him. The Gentiles were simply without hope that they could experience this life giving Light. Satan seemed to be winning.
Then one amazing night, angels lit up the dark night sky proclaiming great joy for ALL people. A Savior was born! The very Son of God became a man so that He could destroy the power of darkness. Christmas is a celebration of Light. The Light! The birth of Jesus is the dividing line of history. Our timeline can be divided into pre-light and post-light. That’s how central Christ’s birth is to all of humanity. Without it the work of God at Christmas, we would be lost in utter darkness. Since God chose to send His Son as our sinless sacrifice who is “The Way, the Truth and the Life” by which we come to the Father, we can choose to accept His joyous light. That’s why Christmas is miraculous.