DayBreaks for 03/21/12 – In the Darkest Night
33 “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. Luke 11:33
Have you ever sat in a lighted room at night, reading or talking, and suddenly the lights go out? What’s the first thing you say? Usually everyone says, “Who turned out the light?”
In this age of electricity, light is something we take for granted. Few of us ever experience total darkness. In the city, we have street lights which come on automatically as soon as it begins to get dark. In the country, most farms have a mercury vapor light that stays on all night for security reasons. Consequently, most of us never get a good look at the stars as we used to when all the lights went out at night.
Some of the soldiers who came back from the first Persian Gulf War told about the absolute darkness they experienced in the desert. One soldier said, “The darkness on nights with no moon or star light was so total you could have been standing right next to someone and not known it.”
This text from John’s gospel is about darkness and light: “And this is the judgment,” John says, “that the light has come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.”
When I read about the experience of the troops with literal night-time darkness in the Persian Gulf War, being unable to see someone standing next to you, I was forced to consider how often someone has stood or sit or walked right next to me and never knew I had light because I had put it under a bowl so no light shone out of my life. I didn’t like the answer I heard inside my head. I want to be a brighter light for Jesus. I hope you do, too!
PRAYER: Break whatever devices we use to hide the Light so that never again will someone walk beside us and not see the Light! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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