“Joy? JOY!? Where are you?”
Proceeds to rummage around in the dark
“I can’t find you.”
“If I just search long enough, or maybe, maybe if I try harder I can find you…”
This time of year reminds me of a single-lit candle on a canvas of black. If you grew up in church maybe you’ve seen the candles of advent being lit. Did you know that the light from a single candle can be seen from over 1.6 miles away? Interestingly, the amount of darkness held in a 1.6-mile radius stands no chance against the light of a single measly wick alight.
Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”
John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””
Jesus broke through the black, a light bright enough that a world’s worth of darkness cannot overcome him.
In response, maybe this season finding joy looks less like searching desperately.
More like resurrendering. Less like running frantically.
More like kneeling calmly. Less forcing things to be a certain way.
More like looking up. Less like looking around.
With great anticipation, let us bow low to see the king raised high. Let us pray fervently to see darkness pierced with light. Find Joy by surrendering to Joy Himself. Jesus, the Light of the World.
Prayer: “Lord, though the world is dark around me, keep my eyes fixed on you. That the light you brought into this world would not just provide me with joy, but would radiate from me to provide others as well. In Jesus Name.”
Author: Zach Bingham. Zach is a native Knoxvillian and went to UT Knoxville, graduating with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and a masters in Biomedical Engineering. He is married to Kristin and dad to Declan.