When I wake in the morning it will be December.

December has been a month that I haven’t handled so well in years past. The trees have lost their color, they are gray and often look like smoke hovering over the valley. It looks cold outside. You can feel how cold it is by just looking out the window. However, something is different this year and I think I know what it is.

In years past I have listened to Christmas songs. I’ve even had a favorite or two. They were songs. Traditional songs that I had been exposed to since birth. The old favorites. Silent Night. Joy to the World. Away In A Manger. What I at one time heard as songs are becoming songs I hear very differently this year. I hear songs of profound worship, not songs that I’m comfortable with or expect to hear. I’m hearing things I’ve never heard. I think I know what it is.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate  the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

God is letting me know that He is alive and well. What I claimed was similar to the 400 years of silence experienced by the Jews between the Testaments is being disproven by the same person that broke the silence 2000 years ago. He is proving that He continues to work in me and through me. I am experiencing transformation and this season it seems that to be in the form of an awakening. What was once a tradition to look forward to is becoming a season of worship and celebration of a Lord and Savior that has set me and so many others free. The most exciting part, is I believe He is using what He is doing in me to draw attention to Himself through a weak vessel like myself. The same way he drew me to Himself through countless others who have prayed for, walked with and carried me to the place I am at today.
I’m looking forward to the 12 days of Christmas…except I’m not going to stop there.
Happy December to you. I pray that God will do great things in your life, like draw you to Himself so you can experience a new life that continues to transform you into His image with ever-increasing glory.