Light in the Darkness
This 4th of July weekend we were visiting my mom in Tennessee. One morning I went to take my shower and get ready for the day, in her bathroom which does not contain any windows. Unexpectedly, the power went off throughout the house. There was zero light in that bathroom, and all I could see was darkness.
Everyone else was in the living room, which has big, open windows. Jian immediately thought about me alone in the dark bathroom and yelled out to tell me what had happened. Then she slightly opened the door and put a flash light inside the room for me.
Even though the light was small, it made a big difference. Because of that light, I could see everything in the room. Then, after a few minutes, the power came back on, and light returned throughout the entire house.
This immediately brought to mind my observations of our country at this time. In a time or place that appears to be completely dark and scary, all it takes is one small light to shine to make a huge impact. During times that I have difficulty or frustration with someone, I try to remind myself to focus on first taking the plank out of my own eye so that I can see more clearly to remove the speck from my brother’s eye (Matthew 7:5).
I am currently reading Galatians, and have been asking myself—in difficult situations, am I demonstrating love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control?
One of Satan’s most powerful schemes is to attempt to isolate us, and in turn, to have us believe that there is no hope. He also attacks when we are most vulnerable. Even when Satan tempted Jesus, he attacked “when He had fasted forty days and forty night; afterward He was hungry.” Matthew 4:2
At perhaps the lowest point in Elijah’s life, he was “afraid.” He was exhausted and had traveled alone for a “day’s journey.” He believed the lie that he was completely alone and became so distraught that he asked the Lord to allow him to die (1 Kings 19).
As Christians, it is our responsibility to be on guard and to stand firm against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). We should be united in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:10) and prepared to stand together, working toward the common mission of serving “the least of these.” (Matthew 25:34-40)
If one person shines her light, it can make a big difference.
But if many of us come together and simultaneously shine our lights, it can be spectacular!
May our perspectives shift to being actively on a mission during this opportunity. For, when there is utter darkness, this is when light is able to shine the brightest.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5