“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).
When my girls were young, they enjoyed the “I Spy” books. The Christmas book was one of their favorites. Each page contained a delightful scene filled with objects hidden in various ways, along with a list of specific ones to find. The girls were persistent, but many times I gave up in frustration!
Health challenges may keep us from experiencing many of the traditional sights and sounds of Christmas today, but there are hidden signs of hope and encouragement that can bring us joy in the midst of our pain and problems.
Think about the following “hidden” messages.
Candles and lights: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Celebrations and decorations: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Christmas music: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music” (Psalm 98:4).
Christmas tree: “I am like a green pine tree; your fruitfulness comes from me” (Hosea 14:8).
Food: “He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:9).
Gifts: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son” (John 3:16). “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Star: “I am the Root and Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16).
If your pain and problems are limiting your enjoyment of the season or you are feeling hopeless and discouraged, why not play your own I Spy game?
See what verses of hope, encouragement, and joy you can find hidden in these and other signs of Christmas. Don’t give up! Keep looking. Scripture is full of these hidden treasures–a perfect gift from God to you this Christmas!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the way You reveal Yourself through the sights and sounds of Christmas. These are treasures I can find and enjoy regardless of poor health or difficult circumstances. Fill me with hope and joy as I seek and find the gifts of Your presence and Your promises to me. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in North Carolina and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband, three daughters, and their husbands. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
What messages of God’s hope and joy can you find in the sights and sounds of Christmas around you? How could this activity make today less lonely or overwhelming for you?
This is Jennifer Hudson singing “O Holy Night” and it is a touching arrangement that brought me a moment of stillness. Illness is a constant battle between choosing to live and be involved in activities, and not turning those activities into what makes us crash for weeks. It is a struggle to make those memories for our families that we treasure, and not let the details become too important. We so need God! I hope that your day is blessed whatever it may hold. Hugs to you and may you feel Jesus’ love rain down on you today. -Lisa