Friday, December 26, 2014
As we love to do each cold winter night we are able, my husband and I were sitting by the outdoor fire pit a few nights ago, watching the fire fairies flicker and float into the night sky. As I watched them lift up and near the tree branches, by the light of the fire, I noticed several wads of mistletoe attached to several of the branches.
I randomly asked Michael about it, and he informed me that it is actually an invasive species, and given enough time, will kill the tree it has overtaken.
How crazy is that? I really had no idea. A symbol with such a positive connotation is, in actuality, a parasite.
And isn't that similar to how that stupid, sneaky devil works? He fools us into thinking his game is all presents and bows and kisses under the mistletoe, all the while attaching himself like a parasite to our soul, lulling us into complacency.
Just as gullible as he hopes we'll be, we are so easily confused by the wiles of the dark one, we often forget to keep our eyes on the lowly manger, on the One True Meaning of our holiday hustle and bustle, on the One True Miracle of Christmas. And sadly, we are asked to take our eyes off the only Savior who can actually remove the scales from our muddy brains and allow us to really see the truth behind that wily adversary and his darkness disguised as light.
Mistletoe is only a symbol, of course, and more serious, damaging parasites plague us, dragging us, kicking and screaming, from our end goal.
All is grace, thank goodness, and God loves to shower that grace upon us. For those struggling to focus on the hills from whence your help comes, I pray this coming year will be the one where you are more aware of God's truth than you have EVER been in your life, and you will waste very little time coming to recognize the ones whom your adversary sends to confuse and distract.
May God bless you all richly during the new year!
"And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light." 2 Corinithians 11:14.
"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. Colossians." 1:13.
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