“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
— John 1:5
Sometimes it takes a little bit of darkness to make us appreciate the light.
Driving through your neighborhood to see Christmas lights isn’t quite as dazzling in the morning, and it’s not nearly as breathtaking to gaze at a beautiful, star-filled sky during your lunch break.
God shines His light in so many beautiful ways throughout our lives, but sometimes we miss it. We can overlook it when we are completely surrounded and constantly stimulated by bright, sunny days.
So when we are suddenly plunged into a time of darkness, this is the time to look to that light.
Appreciate the light.
Embrace the light.
Focus on the light.
It’s there. It’s always there.
Take the time to pause and take in the magnificence and glory of the Light of the World.
That darkness that is trying to overwhelm you is no match for His Light.
Thank You, Lord, for shining Your light into the darkness around me. When I turn to You, You chase the shadows away. Amen
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he 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 NIV
Sometimes during a bad storm, the power goes out. There’s a storm going on, and we’re surrounded by the darkness. What is the first thing we do?
We want to find our way to a source of light! A cell phone, a flashlight, a candle…
And even though a storm is raging all around us, we feel a little bit of relief when we have that source of light in our hand. Eventually the storm will pass, and the sun will shine again.
Jesus is that source of light for all the storms we face in the world. When we feel surrounded by the darkness of our problems, our worries, and our mistakes, He can bring us back into the light and restore peace where there was turmoil. If we continue to follow Him, we never have to feel alone in the dark again.
When I feel the darkness closing in, I will pray…
Dear God, thank You for bringing hope when I am in despair. You light up the darkness in my life. You turn my pain into contentment, peace, and even joy! Please shine your light on the choices that I make today. I want to reflect Your light for others to see, so that You may also chase their darkness away. Amen
“You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.”
– 2 Samuel 22:29 NIV
The darkness inside of me, the darkness surrounding me, the darkness that wants to swallow me – God turns it all into light.
There have been times in my past when I was so lost in the darkness that I couldn’t find my way. The light seemed so far away and so often I would stumble and fall. Living a life of bad choices, surrounded by people content to live in the darkness, I often looked over my shoulder to see the light, off in the distance, and wondered what it held for me.
“I can’t go back,” I thought. “It’s been too long, I’ve strayed too far away, I’ve made too many mistakes…” I thought that I was confined to the shadows and that I could never break away.
But His light has always been inside me. And as I draw nearer to Him, he has chased all the darkness away. I can stand up tall and walk in the light. I can see the path He has set for me.