The Jesus told them, “You are going to have light just a little while longer.
Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever
walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light
while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.
John 12:35-36 / NIV
My late father-n-law was an electrical, mechanical and master electrician. He worked for GE over thirty years and in the midst of those thirty years and after his retirement he wired a lot of homes and buildings. He had a love for light. On any given week day, one would not be surprised to see Jim, Sr. hanging from a ladder at church changing a bulb or adding lighting to some area of the church. He loved lights.
When Jim and I built our current home, Jim’s dad wired it for us. In our house you will find more than one or two switches on a plate. We have one switch plate that has up to six switches and we have multiple dimmer switches throughout the house. Needless to say, when Jim or I walk into a room it is not too hard to find a switch that will turn on some source of light.
In Genesis 1:3, we read where God said, “let there be light.” In verse four we read where he separates the light from dark. Thus, we have day and night. But there is so much more meaning to this light. God knew that one day the world he created would begin to become dark again. He would again would have to send light but this light would be a different kind of light. It would be his Son, Jesus who would be the light to the world of hurting.
In my previous post, Go and The Journey, I shared how God has led me to a place of healing. The Sunday after Jim and I had made our decision to join the church we are attending and be baptized, Jim had to work. Before he left out for work, he told me to go ahead and go forward at the end of the service to acknowledge we were ready to take the next step to where God was leading.
The Sunday service came to a close and the closing hymn was being sung, I went down to the altar. There I was greeted by our pastor. I told him Jim and I were ready to take that next step. At that moment, Pastor Dan took my hand and had prayer with me. Where I was standing up front there was a spotlight shinning down on the altar area. However, as Pastor Dan prayed with me, I felt not just a spotlight coming down on me. I felt the warmth of a light around me that I had never felt before. This light was a light of peace and a light of joy. At that moment, I felt the Holy Spirit not only surround me but embrace me. Have you had an experience where you can’t really put the experience into words? This was one of those moments for me.
As a reader, you may be feeling like God has abandoned you. You may be wandering around in the dark trying to find a switch to a light source. Friend, I want you to know that there is hope. There is a light in the darkness. This light is known as Jesus Christ. All you have to do is surrender at His feet those things that are casting darkness over you. Just as God said in Genesis 1:3; Let there be light. You can cry out to God and ask for light into your dark world. This light is Jesus Christ.
Carry this scripture with you in the weeks ahead:
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.”