The days have grown darker and darker. But in one week, we will turn a corner. The winter solstice will take place at 5:02 am EST on Monday, December 21. The light will shine just a little more each day as the days begin to lengthen.
We will also witness another astronomical phenomena on the same day. Jupiter and Saturn will conjoin together and will appear to almost merge as one star. It is the first time that this has happened in 800 years. It is reminiscent of the Christmas star that appeared over Bethlehem when Jesus was born.
I am reminded of Psalm 19 where it says:
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1, ESV)
It has been a difficult year, but it is the God of creation who puts these reminders in the sky to remind us that he is light in the darkness. We need these reminders!
Keep in mind that these are not the only reminders. There are daily reminders of God’s faithfulness and love all around us. Even in the darkest moments, there are glimpses of light if we will have the eyes to see. They are often seen in small things that are easily overlooked.
Stop what you are doing. Take a look. What do you see? Where do you see God’s light shining today? Feel free to share in the comments.