A Little of Both

“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”” Luke‬ ‭11:36‬ ‭

The gifts are unwrapped. The festive food has been consumed. The candles have been burned down.

Christmas has come and gone for another year.

And our thoughts are drawn to the year to come – we wonder, don’t we, what could come in 2021 after a year of so many oddities and challenges?

Some are convinced that the new year will bring a return to ‘normal’. Others fear that it will be worse.

If I had to predict, I’d say it will hold a little of both – dark and light, joy and trouble, just as every other year before it.

But here’s the thing.

The circumstances we find ourselves in don’t have to define our year – or our life.

Circumstances change.

World powers come and go. World conflicts, viruses, diseases, political figures – these come and go with alarming rapidity. Change is the norm. We have no control over any of the actors on the stage, nor their lines, except – ours.

And when we are filled with light, ‘our whole life will be radiant’.

Despite illness, financial loss, personal conflicts?


Despite dark tunnels and hard circumstances? Lack of clarity? Confusion?

Oh, definitely yes.

It’s never been about what happens to us.

It’s always been about what we do with what we’ve been given.

Will you receive good or bad in the year to come?

A little of both, I’d wager.

But no matter what is to come, as you and I seek Jesus and His kingdom, we will be filled with light – and a floodlight will illuminate the very messy, marvellous, challenging wonder of the year to come.

With such a floodlight, whatever the new year will dish up for us will be immaterial. The true path is to remain illuminated – close enough to the Light of the World to soak up all those beautiful beams.

Seek the Light with me?

Father, history is filled with triumphs and failures, heartaches and wonders – and every year holds a little of both. As we enter 2021, keep us so close to You that whatever the circumstances, our path would be illuminated, flooded with Your Light. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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