Updated: Dec 21, 2019
My family and I went on an adventure the other night. We went to a park that has over 500,000 lights as you walk through the woods there are different displays that are set up and the whole thing is called “Illuminights.” We had a wonderful time and got to see the lights in the rain. It was not very crowded because most people don't go out when it's raining. My family never asked if we were going, because they know that my motto has always been: “Plan B is Plan A in the rain.”
If we changed our plans every time it started to rain, we would have to change our plans quite often. I did learn one thing though; baby strollers are not waterproof. I will from now on carry a plastic bag with me large enough to cover the top of the baby stroller for future adventures in the rain.
We did discover that the lights sparkle a little more when there is water on them, you get a reflection off of the pavement that is not there when it is dry, and when taking pictures you get a wonderful effect of a glow around the lights. Many people looked out on Friday evening and saw rain which made them change their plans, but we saw an opportunity to see the lights in a different way.
We need to look at difficulties and challenges in our lives as opportunities to learn, opportunities to grow, and a chance to follow God in faith not knowing the outcome. God allows challenges in our life to teach us and help us learn to depend on Him. Let's begin seeing our challenges and difficulties as blessings and not as roadblocks that we cannot get around. I have always wondered why no one in Bethlehem saw the star and wondered what it meant. The wise men saw the star and saw an opportunity to see the King. My hope and prayer is that we will all see our challenges and difficulties in a new way. I also hope and pray that we will see that the Light of Christmas is Jesus.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem, “Where is He who is born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2 Christmas should always be about Worship of Jesus and that He is and always will be worthy of our worship at Christmas and everyday throughout the year,