Through the years during Christmas time my mom would buy me a special ornament, a little something that caught her fancy, which in turn hoped to catch mine. Whether it be whimsical, or festive, they were always tokens of her love. At times those tokens where presented by hand, lightly wrapped in tissue, tied up with a bow of mother’s excitement. On other occasions, I would find them lying on my canopy bed concealed in the small bag that they were purchased in….eager to surprise me. These memories sparked a fondness for ornaments that carried into adulthood, kindling a desire to continue this tradition with our own children.
Each year we would add to our family collection through thrift store finds or clearance bins, being continually delighted in each new addition. However, regardless of this vast assortment to chose from when it came time to decorate the tree only one out shined them all. One small golden house with intricately cut out windows and doors, all in all, a rather simple ornament with no grand history to tell of its’ origin. Somehow it became their most coveted treasure. The boys were always eager to awaken it from the slumbering storage box that had kept it safe….then with even greater anticipation they beamed with honor to nestle it among the tree boughs.
From day one I marveled at their exuberance over this seemingly less than showy bobble. For when surrounded with an array of grander, glitzier ornaments it appears to be completely obscure; easily overlooked and underrated by the average curious onlooker. Nevertheless, our boys immediately recognized its’ hidden potential at first glance. Their tiny hands cradling the small delicately crafted ornament and with their help, would soon place a miniature bulb inside causing luminous light to spill through each opening. Thus, this once dark vessel was now aglow with warm splendor.
Though that was many years ago, seeing through their eyes this uncovered gem made me see its’ worth to a greater depth. Still to this day, this jewel continues to shine brightly, faithfully stirring our hearts with it’s simple wonder. Recently while thrift store shopping our son Trent found by chance the exact same ornament. With great joy he purchased it to give to his brother Derek to celebrate his first Christmas in his own home.
Besides all the warm memories that flood my thoughts as I gaze upon that wondrous ornament, Matthew Chapter 5 comes to mind which states:
“You are the light of the world a city on the hill cannot be hidden”, Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house”. Matt. 5:14
You my friend are a light !…esteemed with value which you have been curiously and intricately wrought from the hands of your adoring creator Almighty God. You have not been overlooked, rather uniquely fashioned to shine brightly and with purpose. The Message says ” Shine ! , Keep open house; be generous with your lives . By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in Heaven.”
Today and everyday I pray you’ll see all God’s glory and know you have been personally handpicked to shine …..
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven “. Matt. 5:16