One True Light

The other night I was enjoying a night alone watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Right at the end of the movie the power went off. The power outage affected the whole block and lasted about 45 minutes. As I wandered around alone in the darkness and the quiet, I noticed my thoughts were becoming a bit unsettled and fearful, and ghost stories started replaying in my head. It seems so silly that everything was fine when the lights were on, but when all the lights were extinguished it didn’t take long for fear to fill the darkness.

After the lights came back on and I was getting into bed, I realized what a great metaphor this experience was for having Christ in my life. When I do life on my own and forget to abide, pray and spend time with Jesus, darkness and fear can wheedle their way into my thinking and attitude. Darkness can take the form of resentment, irritation, sadness, anger, etc. However, when I spend time abiding, praying and in relationship with God, the light shines through as gratitude, blessings, contentment, service, peace, etc.

The message of darkness and light is a continuous theme in the bible. Starting with Genesis 1:1-3:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

John 1:9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 12:46  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

Being plunged into literal darkness was a great reminder to me of the importance of keeping focus on the one true light, Jesus. In the New Year may “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Num. 6:24-26). Amen.

Kelley Evans

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