This morning I awoke at the house of my friends Roxie and Daniel, who live in Biella. Roxie is called la orsa che abbraccia—the hugging bear. She has earned this name because she gives big, warm bear hugs that make you feel very welcome and loved. Outside the window, it seemed unusually bright for six AM. It had snowed overnight, and as I write this, it is continuing to snow. Roxie fixed me a fantastic (and fantastically big) breakfast and a sack lunch to take with me on the train. Then she and Daniel drove me to the train station.
What a difference being in the train station! At their house we all praised God for the beautiful snow, which is a gift from Heaven to water the earth in winter. But in the train station I have heard nothing but whining about the snow, the cold, and illnesses. Of course, illnesses don’t come from cold weather, but from viruses. Besides, as believers, we should never say, “I’ve got a cold (or the flu or whatever type of illness).” Pastor Fabio’s sermon yesterday was about how when Jesus said, “It is finished,” and bowed His head, all the curses from original sin were paid for—including sickness. If we can manage to wrap our heads around the idea that it has already been paid—all of it!—then we can truly begin to live the victorious life of true freedom in Christ. These are the days of miracles and wonders, if we can only believe it.
On the train to Santhiá, where I am at this moment, it has continued to snow. Here I have about an hour between trains. No sooner did I sit down to wait, then I heard music. It was a band marching down the street toward the city offices across the street from the train station. On what most people here are lamenting as a dismal and cold winter day, there is a band celebrating something. I grabbed my camera and took some pictures—the only person to do so. Again, it seems like the contrast between believers and unbelievers is as plain as black and white, darkness and light.
The Bible tells us that the world will fall into ever darker darkness, but the beautiful thing about that is the contrast between darkness and light. Therefore, go and be the light of the world that you were created to be. The people lost in darkness will be attracted to the light of the Son like moths to a flame. And if there’s no parade, start one! Our celebration has only just begun!