South of town, tucked away in a small neighborhood is a magical sight that delights the soul no matter what the age. It’s called The Magic Tree. Every holiday season since 1995, neighbors of the tree have sacrificed the tranquility of their street to a parade of cars and onlookers who want to take in this unique sight.
The Magic Tree is a labor of love by one man and his family who decorate this tree every year for the pure enjoyment of others. He’s called Will Treelighter. The tree is a “senseless act of beauty,” but not without purpose. The Magic Tree symbolizes the light within the center of each soul. The 45-year-old crab tree is adorned with 75,000 lights of every color imaginable and shines every night during the holidays until Epiphany.
The sight of the tree causes my heart to jump. Being one who loves, Loves, LOVES Christmas lights, I am awestruck at, not only the beauty, but the labor of love that brought this tree into reality.
Every branch, limb and twig is wrapped in lights.
I was trying to figure out why the sight of this tree…the soft, serene glow of the lights in the darkness…so stirs my soul. I’ve been thinking about it and can finally put it into words. I have two observations.
The first is my belief that 2000+ years ago a soft, serene light was born into the darkness of this world. Darkness that illicits fear, pain, depression, worry and sadness. A darkness that is filled with many questions and few answers. A feeling that all is not the way it should be in this world. This simple crab tree is not a might oak tree. It’s not a beautiful maple tree. Nowhere close the the majesty of a sequoia or redwood tree. Yet, when this humble tree is draped with 75,000 lights, it’s stunningly beautiful and takes on a new persona. Similarly, The Light of the World, was born in humble conditions, to a teenage girl, in a strange town, not surrounded by any friends or family other than Joseph. Probably born by candlelight in the darkness. The Light of the World didn’t come as a strong military leader. Didn’t come in majesty and splendor. Didn’t come with any human pomp and circumstance announcing his arrival.
Jesus came quietly to shine a light in the darkness; and when he reveals every aspect of his being draped in light, he takes on a new persona and shines to dispel our darkness.
The second is, just as Will Treelighter takes an ordinary crab tree and with his lights transforms its very being into a thing of beauty, so does our Creator take his Light and transforms our lives into things of beauty as well. The inner glow of his love within us should also provide a light in the darkness to guide others and offer a feeling of serenity and peace.
As mesmerized as we all were standing under the glow of this magic tree, I am equally mesmerized at the thought that the God of the Universe loved his creation enough to subject his majesty to the humbleness of our world. Just as this tree shines a soft light, illuminating the darkness, Christ surrounds my soul with his light, illuminating the darkness and lighting my way.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light: on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12