30 November 2020 – Reflection

Psalm 79; Micah 4:1-5; Revelation 15

“The LORD of heaven’s Armies has made this promise!” Micah 4:4 (NLT)

I remember being young and terrified of the dark. I slept with nightlights on and thought that any monster lurking in the darkness would be cast away if I said, “I can see you!”
Upon reflecting on my phase of being afraid of the dark, I have come to recognize that it is not darkness itself that people fear. People are fearful of believing they are alone in the darkness, only to recognize that they have been accompanied by some unannounced being the whole time. We are not sure if something is with us in the darkness because our vision is not clear, so we become full of fear.
As we journey through the season of Advent, anticipating the coming of Jesus, our Light, let us remember that Jesus makes the darkness clear for us. Revelation 15:4 (NLT) explains that “all nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed.” God has already shown us the end result—that God is faithful. While we wait, we can expect that our hope will be fulfilled. God shows hope through what God has done, is doing, and will do through Jesus. Have faith in God’s love and hope in God’s promise to come again in love. Christ will be our light that shows the way through the darkness. We must learn to anticipate the darkness, walking through it with faith, which is to say trust, that Light will guide us.
On this journey, we begin to hope for peace without the presence of fear. We begin to recognize that we are on this pilgrimage together learning how to wait in the darkness, anticipate light, and recognize the hope that has been—and will be—fulfilled through God’s love. On this journey, our stories unfold as we walk side by side. We find common ground in the hope of such a promise—a promise of room for us all with fields to plough and vines to prune as Micah 4 illustrates. On this pilgrimage, our vision becomes clearer, and the clearer our vision, the more we understand that it includes our neighbors. Outsiders begin to become our kin and our enemy becomes our friend. Ploughs become more useful than swords and pruning hooks more than spears. This journey towards promise cultivates our hearts to expand, and when the lightness in our heart magnifies, it quenches the darkness that we fear because we can now see who is on the journey with us.
What promise do we hear and put our hope in? Who do you see on this journey with you?