Red: the color of blood (war) and rubies (wealth.) It’s
associated with sacrifice, passion, and power. Let’s pretend for a moment that
the author/writer of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” was a Christian. Santa is
Papa God in disguise. He picks the one with the sparkle: the light that glows.
Samuel 16:11 tells us God wanted Jesse’s youngest—the smallest of six sons. Not
a warrior but a sheep-keeper. Verse 12 tells us, “He was ruddy:” a healthy red
dictionary adds: used to
make an angry or critical statement more forceful. I love it. God chose the
skinny, carrot-top kid. Even though
King Saul calls David nothing but a youth, David replies with boldness: “The
LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear,
will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (17:37)
Rudolph, the one with the red nose, is selected to “guide my sled tonight.” He grew up being made fun of, but grew into the role Santa had planned for
him. What about you? What in you stands out—that perhaps you’ve been made
fun of, or misunderstood for? Are you using God’s call on your life to fulfill
the purpose of your “red” glow?
believe the shed blood of Jesus provides the source of our glow; the Holy Spirit
ignites it, and Father God tugs at the reigns that enable us to light the path
of hope for those who are still in the dark. “This
little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”
[Just For Fun: David was a man of war, but his son became the man of
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