Ever turn out the lights at one end of the house only to realize one isn’t on in the bedroom where you were headed?
Sometimes I try to just walk through the dark (slowly) and find my way – sometimes I flick back on the light and go turn on the one I need to guide me.
I know there are a lot of grateful children to the inventor of the ‘night light’. Just a little light to make the night a whole lot less scary. That’s what us grown-ups need when suddenly darkness seems to surround. Those night times of severe illness, financial woes, loss of a loved one. And now in this world, husbands/fathers who don’t come back home from work or children who vanish never to be found. The long list of dark is scary.
We need a night light: “Even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.” (Psalm 139:12 NIV)
God is perfect light and it is on His Light we can always depend. A storm may knock out the power to our homes. But even the most vile circumstance cannot overshadow the Light of our souls put there by the Holy Spirit. “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1 NIV)
Even the night sky is lit up for us. The Father knows His children’s footsteps are tentative in the dark. So many references in the Bible to God lighting our way, bringing us into the light, putting His light in us.
Once I took a tour of a cave with a dimly lit path. The guide stopped us and turned off the lights. Total darkness. Eyes never adjusted. What a relief when she turned the lights back on. Total darkness – that’s where many lost souls are when those scary times come. For that very reason He has put His light in us. We can shine our light for others to make the path a bit more bearable, to make a way from the darkness.
This is our promise, words written a long time ago and still true today: “For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.” (Psalm 48:16 NIV) The Light that never flickers, never fails.
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