Alive and Active
“For the word of God is living and active…” Hebrews 4:12
One minute the night skies over Bethlehem were cool and quiet; the next minute someone turned on the light switch. Stars that were twinkling suddenly stepped aside as the veil of heaven parted for an instant. An angel stepped through the curtain of night, threw out his (or her?) hands to let loose divine fireworks. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men'” (Luke 2:13-14 KJV).
Not long ago, I decided to paint this scene. But I wondered, How do you paint an angel… much less one rejoicing? I knew that the moment was packed with powerful emotion. After all, the Word of God is living and active. Those angels must have been jumping up and down for excitement! That’s all the inspiration I needed.
I also needed someone to model as an angel. I called my secretary into the art studio and asked her to stand on a chair and drape a sheet around her. “Now,” I said when she was ready, “throw up your arms and yell, ‘Surprise!'” She gave me a funny look and so I added, “Think of your happiest memory!” She rubbed her chin and then an idea donned. Throwing back her head she hollered, “Whoopee!” I quickly sketched the joy in her face. In no time, I had my angel on the canvas. It was the best painting of angels I had ever rendered.
This month you will see lots of Christmas cards and store windows displaying the word “Rejoice!” You’ll sing about joy and carols and read about it in the pages of scripture. Smile when you say it… see it… or sing it. After all, the announcement of the angels was the Word of God, alive, active, and full of joy!
You, Lord Jesus, are what the joy is all about. This alone makes my smile effervescent. I rejoice!
Taken from More Precious Than Silver. Copyright © 1998 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids.
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.