One morning I was sitting at a window-side table at a hotel in the Alps (Switzerland); the sun was rising behind our mountain, and I watched the sun’s rays reaching ever lower on the far mountainside to the west, the villages slowly beginning to glitter as the morning light awakened them. The sun had been above the earth’s horizon for a while, its light growing ever stronger, revealing more and more detail of the landscape. The air slowly warmed, but it did the village little good to see the sun’s effects afar off; until the sun’s rays reach their homes, their fields, their stalls, it will remain cold and dark. And those places the sun doesn’t reach at all will be burdened with lingering snow lurking in the shadows through spring and summer.
I often think our lives are like that village: Without the light of Jesus in our lives we live in darkness. Those areas of our lives we choose to hide in the shadows will remain burdened – untouched until we ourselves bring it into the light, or allow the light to penetrate our defences. Jesus is a gentleman and will never force himself on us – never wedge in where he’s not invited. But when we have the courage to drag those snow-covered old things into the path of righteousness, the Son rejoices at melting away the cold hardness, healing the frost-bitten wounds of our lives and turning that snow into spring water for the seeds already planted in the furrows of our lives, knowing that those seeds will one day produce a harvest.
Malachi 4:2 (NIV) says, “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.”
I love that imagery! If you’ve ever watched young calves just released from the stall on a spring morning, you can’t help but laugh with their joy, their pleasure. And that’s exactly what Jesus wants for you and I – that spring-feeling freedom.
If, like that village, you have something lurking in the shadows of your life, bring it into the light and let the Son of righteousness come with healing. Take that leap of faith with Jesus, and you’ll soon have every reason to leap!