This week is the celebration of Hanukkah. It is a commemoration of a time in Jewish history when light shined brightly in the darkness. A time when evil had triumphed and God’s people were once again a conquered people, but deliverance was on the way! In 167 BC the Maccabees revolted against the rule of Antiochus Epiphanes and were eventually successful in overthrowing them. The Holy Temple was cleansed and the Menorah was lit, but there was only enough of the sacred oil to burn for one day. Miraculously the light burned for eight days!
This event took place during what Christians call “the 400 silent years” because there were no Biblically recorded prophetic voices from Malachi to John the Baptist. This was a period of a long, dark night, but God was not silent. A light shined in the darkness!
Less than 170 years later another light shined in the darkness. The angel Gabriel appeared to a young virgin of Israel, told her that she would be overshadowed by Holy Spirit, and conceive a child who would be the Messiah! In all probability, that visitation took place during Hanukkah, during the winter season, in the dark, and in the cold.
For many, this is a season of cold and darkness. Everything looks drab and dreary. There is a frenzy of activity, but instead of bringing warmth and light, for many it brings stress. For others it brings the pain of loss as they remember seasons passed with loved ones no longer here.
This is, however, a time of the year when God is bringing light into the darkness! He wants everyone to know that the winter of your life is only a season. It is not permanent. This is the season to dream. Dreams don’t come during the light of day, but in the dark of night. This is a time to remember your dreams and seek God for the interpretation. There are promises and miracles in your dreams to be laid hold of. There is light in the darkness if you will put aside your grief, step away from the stress, light the menorah, and let His light shine in your darkness. Don’t let the darkness overwhelm you! It is time to dream again!