I was struck by a thought yesterday. Not a new one. Not a unique one. But a truth… a reminder of sorts. We had my eldest son’s good friend with us for the morning, and after we dropped something off at church, I let the boys run around the sanctuary. Actually, little Sis kept up pretty well with them, too (Li’l Bro was in preschool).
And while the sanctuary lights are usually on when we are there on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening, they were off on this Monday morning, so it was pretty dark in this auditorium that seats a couple thousand people. Practically pitch black, actually. The kids were not too deterred by the darkness and ventured forth carefully, buoyed up by one another’s confidence and a sense of adventure, perhaps.
I told them they could open the sets of double doors to let in some light from the hallway, and even though the light was comparatively meager, it gave enough illumination for them to run around and carry on quite happily (more light than my phone camera could capture).
And it reminded me: you know darkness is not equal and opposite to light any more than Satan is equal and opposite to God. Even a little bit of light vanquishes darkness.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. […] The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. […] Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:5,9,12-13).
So if you are feeling a little dark today, under a gray cloud perhaps or just a little down: seeking even just a little bit of His Light can dispel a great deal of heart and spirit darkness.
Here are some verses that I hope–even if you do not feel in need of cheering–will brighten your day!
“You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29).
“He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light” (Job 33:28).
“You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28).
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 109:15).
Happy Tuesday, y’all! I’m praying your day is blessed!
And you might find encouragement in these other posts…
hmmm… light, dark, and shadows keep coming up in my readings today. Wonder what God is trying to tell me?
“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