Have you ever really sat down and thought about the creation of the world? It’s so hard to imagine complete darkness everywhere. “The earth was without form, and darkness was over the face of the deep,” (Genesis 1:2). Complete darkness surrounding the earth. Then, God uttered three words that changed everything, “’Let there be light,’ and there was light,” (Genesis 1:3). Three words were all it took. God spoke light into the darkness. “And God saw that the light was good. And God separated light from darkness,” (Genesis 1:4). The light was GOOD! Isn’t light GOOD? I get kind of scared in the dark. Complete darkness and I are SO not friends. Darkness is ominous and sketchy. You can’t really see what’s coming at you in the darkness. You walk blindly with hands outstretched, just trying to find your way when it’s completely dark. It’s hard to find where you’re going. But light… light is GOOD. When darkness surrounds, and any amount of light comes on, your eyes are automatically drawn to the light. I can only imagine the pleased look on God’s face as he turned on the lights during the creation of the world.
Light is scattered throughout the Bible. As the Israelites made their exodus out of Egypt, God led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to light their way. God is referenced as light in Psalm 18:28, “For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.” We, as Christians, are also referenced as light in Matthew 5, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
We are the light, ladies! You remember the darkness? Our world is DARK. We’ve been reminded of that even more with world events lately. There are so many things happening in our world that are scary things. They are unsettling. They make me feel like I’m wandering through life, blindfolded, unsure of what’s to come next. But we are instructed to be the light. The light that everyone looks at as soon as it comes on because it’s different. It illuminates the darkness. It is GOOD. The light brings life and peace.
Liam and I like to sing “This little Light of Mine.” The verses in Matthew 5 say we don’t hide a light in a basket… just like the song says: “Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m gonna let it shine.” We are to be different. We are supposed to let our light shine. So let me ask you… have you allowed your light to dim? Have you grown away from the Father so much that you feel like you don’t have any light to spread in the darkness? Lately, I feel like this is me. I’ve been tired and lazy and haven’t invested time into my relationship with Christ. Therefore, the illuminated light feels dimmed. It’s the WORST! So even if you feel like you don’t have anything to offer because you’ve grown away from Christ, force yourself to pray. Make yourself read Scripture. Talk to the Father. He’s there listening. He wants you to draw near and illuminate your spirit. Allow Him to do this in your life.
Even in the darkness, God is our light. He always knows what’s coming. He is our hope, our peace, our life. Even if we’re walking blindly through the darkness, He takes our hands and guides us. Keep asking Him to guide you through it. Whatever darkness is surrounding you, it’s not a surprise to God. He knows. He sees you. He loves you.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” Psalm 139:11-12
Cling to the Light. Be the light.