Anyone who follows me on social media knows I am not a fan of the whole ‘Zoo Lights at Christmas’ experience. It’s cold, it’s dark, and the animals generally aren’t that active.
But my wife loves them, and my kids love animals and Christmas lights, and my wife’s best friend who was back from Colorado loves them. So we surprised my wife, on her birthday, with a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. At night. In the cold.
We had a great time, but were amazed by the fact that just 90 minutes after arriving at the zoo, we had seen everything. It was cold, so no one objected to getting back to the van and ending our night at the zoo a couple hours before closing time.
Later on, we found out why it didn’t take very long to walk around the zoo. Not only had one of the dolphins given birth, thus canceling the dolphin show; but, half the zoo was closed. The Savanah area was dark. Who knows if it was too cold for those types of animals, or if that vast prairie was simply too hard to light up, but roughly half of the Indianapolis Zoo was dark on December 30.
I having been reading through the Bible chronologically for the first time, and today came across an interesting passage in Leviticus 24.
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually. 3 This is the lampstand that stands in the Tabernacle, in front of the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant. Aaron must keep the lamps burning in the Lord’s presence all night. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation. 4 Aaron and the priests must tend the lamps on the pure gold lampstand continually in the Lord’s presence”
Obviously we don’t burn oil lamps very often anymore. But the Bible says that we are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14). Perhaps that ‘permanent law’ we read about in Leviticus 24:3 refers to us, shining the light of Jesus, through us.
And if that’s the case, I wonder. Am I like the zoo in Indianapolis with half the lights shining, but the other half off?
Do I keep the light of Christ burning 24/7 like Aaron did inside the tabernacle in the Old Testament?
We know Jesus’ call is to follow Him with ALL of our lives. How can we keep that our focus, burning His light every waking hour, as we begin 2016?
If I can help you on that path, please reach out to me. It is an encouragement to me, to walk this road, with you!