The Sun Still Shines

And I will put [them] into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The Father… will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you… Because I live, you also will live… Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Zechariah 13:9; John 14:1,6,16-17,19,27

The celebration is over. All cheerily wrapped promises have been opened, the joy of anticipation resolved in met (and unmet) expectations; tinsel that held luster now dimly whines to be taken down. The brightness and wonder of the Christ child’s birth has somehow faded to stark reality again, and a dampness can set in. But Jesus lives on, and the sun still shines!

Morning sun in fog, Christmas, Austin

Jesus came to bring light to the world, not just at Christmas but in Himself, Immanuel, and the glad wonder of Who He is remains to be savored, explored, known as a living breathing part of our every day. Tho fog may cover our outlook for the impending future,  though challenges we faced before the holiday are still a very present trouble or conundrum, though physical or emotional ache still lingers as a part of our very fabric, the Savior is alive and well. He is the way for us to rise every morning and greet the gift of a new day. He is the truth by which we think and process our world and understand the spiritual meaning behind physical roadblocks, political dissension, relational confusion, and emotional chaos. He is the life, the energy and breath and hope of eternity right now, our ‘joie de vivre’ no matter what is going on. (Psalm 46:1; John 1:4-5,9)

Our Lord has made us to thrive, wherever He places us, whatever our limitations, opportunities, or obstacles. He gives us life that we may know full joy– deep, abiding joy that is unshaken by circumstances or troubles. He chose us to bear everlasting fruit, regardless of who attacks us, condemns our every effort, or cheers us on. He gives His word, as our guide and confidence when tested. He abides in us by His Spirit, Who counsels, convicts, reminds, comforts, and gives peace. (Psalm 119:105; John 15:11,16,18,20; 16:1,4,7,13,33)

In other words, every day in the Lord is a holiday, a ‘holy day,’ when lived unto and along with Him. Will we let loose of our flesh fog that creeps and clings? Will we persist in looking for the clear edges of His sun through the fog of disappointment or pain or fear and unknowns?

Lord, strengthen my faith in Your abiding presence, even when I do not feel or see You. Show Yourself glorious through the fog of this world.

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