Sometimes it is hard for me to see what is right in front of me. Let me explain…
I was taking a scenic drive home tonight. I was stopped at the end of Clarita Street, ready to turn left onto Inkster Road, and I saw something shocking in the front yard of the house across the road: the silhouette of an evil creature surrounded by a wooden frame.
“Whoa, what?” I said to myself as I began to turn, “It’s not Halloween anymore, why would someone have that in front of their house? Maybe they just forgot…”
As soon as I said ‘forgot’, my headlights caught a sparkle underneath the dark creature. I took a second look, and there they were: Mary and Joseph with the little Baby Jesus laying between them in the manger. It was a Nativity scene.
I immediately had to pull off the road and park in the neighborhood because I started crying like a baby. How could I not see that? How could I not see the brilliance that stood before me? What in the world is wrong with me?! Am I blind?!
In the dark, negative space and the positive space can be hard to discern. I have spent many many years of my life in the dark, which has caused my eyes to strain to see the light. It is easy to let the negative rule your life, and I have found negativity to be as contagious as the flu. But I do know one thing that is MORE contagious: Laughter.
It’s wild how much energy follows us around. And negative energy can pile up on us until we feel like Atlas trying to hold the world on our shoulders. It can bring us down, it can cause us pain; and in turn, we spread this pain to others. BUT there is hope.
It is important to remember: we cannot do this alone. We cannot stay in the dark on our own. We need to share and spread our light so others can help find their way if they are lost. Humans cannot see in the dark, we need the light [well, unless you’re Batman or have night-vision goggles].
Thank you to my mother, family, friends and of course Jesus, for helping me see the light. I promise to share it as much as I am able. I love you all, and Happy Birthday Jesus!