Have you noticed when Christmas light bulbs start to wear out they begin to flicker off and on? Sometimes they flicker for a minute or most of the night. This can happen either on a tree or the lights outside on the house.
When I was growing up the lights were a bit different. The little blinking set you wrapped around the tree was chronic to have a light blink or blow out every season. The only problem was that when one bulb went on the set, the whole line of lights went out too. This would cause a whole lot of stress and drive you nuts, because you had to search each tiny bulb to see which one blew out which could take quite a bit of time to fix it.
Many electronics, toy, games, phones, laptops, etc use rechargeable batteries to have the convenience of not using a cord. When the electronic dies out we just plug it in to get it recharged. Our life is so like this when we begin to stress out, burnout, flip out, or even when the lights go out and the unexpected circumstance happens like this pandemic. It is similar to when the car battery dies and we are stuck and have to be somewhere. We have to call AAA or rely on somebody else to get the assistance and help we need.
There are times in our life especially this year that we are not ready or prepared for what is coming down the road. Jesus spoke a parable of five wise virgins and five foolish virgins. The wise virgins brought their lamps and oil in a jar to refill if the light dimmed or went out. They went to meet the Bridegroom which is a picture of Christ coming back at an unexpected time.
Five of the virgins got impatient and left to look for oil because their light was burning out. Suddenly the bridegroom came and the wise virgins were ready hut the foolishvwere not. They actually lost out and the door was shut for the wedding feast. (Matthew 25;1-13).
Jesus is the Light that shines bright in our world, even when chaos, tragedy, pandemonium are present. God has given us the power of His Holy Spirit to recharge our spiritual bulbs, batteries, etc. The Lord also helps to renew our mind and bodies as we rest in His presence. When we give our heart to Christ in this life its a game changer, because the true joy is found in the Lord who is our strength. The enemies of life and even trials can burn us out or we can fall asleep, doubt God, and keep trying on our own and not being prepared for the Bridegroom before the lights go out.
My prayer for you is that the Lord will renew your batteries and bulbs with His energy the Holy Spirit today. Some of you are wearing thin with stress and anxiety to a point of burnout. Ask the Lord to fill your lamp, bulb, or battery today so you may be ready for whatever come your way in Jesus name.
Enjoy this holiday season my friend because this is a time to believe and trust Christ who is the Light of the World