One of the most frustrating things around the Christmas season is the single bulb that ruins an otherwise perfect strand of Christmas lights. It’s safe to say that anyone reading this has likely experienced a burned out bulb that defiantly takes down the rest of the strand.
After God creates light, Genesis 1:4 goes on to say, “God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”
I recently learned about a special bulb that is separate from the others on its strand; it has a white circle around its base. This is the fuse-bulb and it is placed among the strand to hold all of the lights together. The strange thing about this bulb is that when it burns out it takes the strand with it, and it is considered a “non-replaceable” bulb. That means in order to replace it you basically have to replace the whole strand. However, there are countless tutorials for the maintenance of these special strands. If you pull the fuse-bulb and push against the empty base, the strand will stay lit! I do not recommend anyone messing with Christmas lights and I am certainly not instructing anyone to play with the fuses. But it is amazing that a single bulb has the power to darken a whole strand of perfectly healthy lights. It is the Ebenezer Scrooge of the Christmas tree.
There are countless things we can choose to get frustrated about during this season and going into the new year. But what we read in Scripture is that the light is good. It is separated from the darkness. We are to be light to a darkened strand. The things that we turn to in frustration should not be the things that darken our light. There are places in our lives where we can pull out the things that would otherwise darken us. It’s often revealed that the thing we were so upset about really wasn’t that important anyway! We look back and realize that God had a plan after all. He can transform the “non-replaceables” and give us his True Light.
1 John 2 reads, “Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining…Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.”
Scripture teaches us to check our bulbs. We have a true light that shines when we separate the light from the darkness, and that light is Jesus Christ. This is the season of love, and it extends well into the next year. When we keep the strand glowing in love for others we light up the tree for all to see.
Let’s pray that we share only love with those around us this week, and that we can leave behind any bulbs that wouldn’t show love to our brothers and sisters.
Pastor Chris Osterbrock
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