Against the outline of a dark house, Christmas lights shine brightly.
Ladies, there is just something so cheery and comforting about a drive through the neighborhood lit up for Christmas, during the cold Christmas season.
…and so (as tradition in our household has it) we put up our outdoor lights the day after Thanksgiving.
This year, we put up white icicle lights on our new TN home and put out our lighted outlined nativity. They looked so pretty. I just love to drive home at night and see our house so bright.
One day, however, I noticed that our nativity was not lit up. We had had construction workers at our house and I thought maybe they used our extension cord. When I went to investigate, the extension cord was plugged into the same outlet as the freezer. They were both still plugged in, so I figured that something else was wrong.
I let the matter go for a few days, thinking in my head that I would “get to it”. On Saturday of that week, I made a bunch of freezer meals. When I was finished, I carried them down to the freezer, where I found out that my freezer was off and had been turned off for as long as had my nativity.
I was sick to my stomach. All of the fresh peaches that I had frozen were ruined. The extra meat that I had stored was spoiled.
I realized quickly that when our construction workers had turned off our electricity, the outlet had to be reset, but it was not. Therefore, the freezer and the nativity were shut off.
I grabbed a large trash bag, filled it up and dumped everything in the garbage can.
Then it hit me…
If I had cared more about the nativity being lit, I would have figured out that this freezer had been shut off. If I had been more concerned about Jesus being lit up this season, my food would have still been frozen.
I lost out, because I wasn’t concerned with what was really important.
What are you losing out on, because Jesus is not lit?
Peace? Security? Love? Relationships?
This was such a great reminder to me, to keep the important things “lit”. I hope you have a great Christmas season and remember to let Jesus shine the brightest.