Keep Your Head Up
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light had dawned. –Isaiah 9:2
Yesterday was a bad news day. Our auto mechanic called to say my son, Alan’s, car had blown a head gasket. It was time to get rid of his car. Less than 30 minutes later, my son Ian called. He rides a shuttle bus from Tamaqua to the main campus of a community college in Schnecksville. Ian said the shuttle bus hit a deer. He had no ride. Everything eventually worked out. But there are bad news days, when it can be hard to keep our heads up.
The Scripture from Isaiah speaks of a time of deep darkness, but then the sun rises. A child is born, and that shifts bad news to good news. What causes this to happen? Isaiah 9:7 says, The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. What is “zeal?” Passion, devotion, enthusiasm, eagerness and vigor. God’s passion and enthusiasm for changing our bad news to good news, is what caused God to act, sending Jesus into the world to save us from our sins.
Each of us has a passion for something. It lights our fire. We may be tired, but find we have extra energy if we get to do something we are passionate about. One thing I am passionate about is Bethany Children’s Home. Every year (save one) for the past 15 years, I have gone out to Bethany with a confirmation class, bringing a Christmas party with pizza and gifts. This year a group of youth from Bethany came out to enjoy a Christmas with our confirmation class in Tower City. That Bethany Christmas connection is what makes Christmas for me.
If you are tired or having a bad news day, God gave you a remedy: your passion. Do something you really enjoy, help some cause you are incredibly passionate about. That vigor inside you is the zeal of the Lord Almighty, which can lift deep darkness.