Darkness. What comes to mind when you hear or read the word darkness? I am not ashamed to admit that as a young child, I always preferred that my door was ajar and even better if the bathroom light was left on. As a teenager, on our way home from an out of state basketball tournament our bus broke down. It was no fun sitting on the bus in the middle of the night so me and some of my teammates volunteered to walk to the next gas station. I don’t know what we were thinking!
There was no full moon and the darkness that engulfed us out on the side of the highway as we wandered aimlessly in search of help. I can remember hearing the buzzing of insects and owls saying hello in the stillness of the night. I’m not sure how far we walked in the darkness that night but the joy in my soul at the sight of a flickering gas station sign almost bought tears to my eyes!
This last week I faced an unexpected moment of darkness as I was “awakened” to the fact that the electricity went out on our block in the early morning hours. It’s one thing to expect an outage when storms are brewing in your area. However, it is something altogether different when you have just awakened ,are stretching and yawning, and saying your morning prayer before your feet hit the floor! My heart was beating a little faster when you wonder am I alone in here? I was making plans to jump out the bedroom window if needed! At that moment I heard the scurrying of feet in the apartment above and a calm comes over me.
After the scurrying upstairs stopped and I had left a message with the electric company, there was an eerie silence that came over my home. There was no phone beeping or buzzing, the air conditioning is off. The silence really hit me when I went to grab a bottled water and the refrigerator was dark. I grabbed my LED lantern and began to shake up my green juice and take my medications. While drinking my juice I could hear myself swallowing! I set the bottle down and God began to speak to me. I moved over to my “quiet area” and decided this was the perfect time to communicate with God. There were no distractions or things to do in that moment of darkness but listen to Almighty God. I smiled inside as I began to read my devotional and the verses were about darkness and light! I want to share some Bible verses and a few of God’s reminders from that morning spent in uncomfortable silence.
Jesus is the Light of the world! I am both humbled and blessed that Jesus opened my eyes so I can see how desperately I need Him as Lord of my life. For many years, I enjoyed frolicking in the darkness that the world (Satan) offers. It is by God’s amazing grace that He chose me to be a part of His family. It’s my prayer that others will come to know Christ as I do and that my testimony will be an inspiration and encouragement to my brothers and sisters in Christ!
Jesus cried out and said, “he that believes in Me does not believe in Me but believes in Him who sent Me. I have come as Light into the world so that everyone who believes in Me might not remain in darkness.” John 12:44, 46.
To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.” Acts 26:18
Amazing words from Jesus as He spoke to his disciples and later to Paul on the road to Damascus. Thank you Jesus for shining Your “Light” on me! I now have His forgiveness, the freedom to live obediently for Him, and a future in Heaven someday to worship God for all eternity!
Jesus asks us to be a light for Him! Ever since I recommitted my life to Christ almost 4 years ago, the phrase “salt and light” has stuck in my head. God asks us to be “separate” from the world. I am a work in progress but I want my light to shine for brightly Christ as I seek to live for Him. I know that Satan will do all He can to snuff out my light but with the power of Christ supplying the flame, my light is here to stay! May we always seek to be faithful in keeping our light at it’s brightest!
The night is almost gone and the day is near. Therefore, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
Jesus is ALWAYS with us! Darkness has a way of confusing us at times. During the blackout, I noticed a few things that occurred because of it. Initially I was discouraged. I was deceived and did not notice the side of the door until I ran smack into it and things were distorted by the darkness! My green juice definitely did not look as appetizing in the darkness that morning!
The good news is our faith in Christ bring us through the dark times in life! Just like I knew the green juice was going to be good for me in spite of the odd looking color and I believed the electricians would restore the light in my apartment. God is with us and working in our lives even when we cannot see clearly or make sense of what’s taking place.
I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalms 16:8.
I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper that He may be with you forever. That is the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him or know Him but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17.
Such verses of comfort and strength from our Lord and Savior! I am humbled by His unconditional love. Within a few minutes of my quiet time that day the electricity was restored and there were lights on all over the place! I am thankful for the moments of silence that allowed me to hear from God that morning. My spirit was encouraged and my flame burns brighter from my time with God that day. I learned from this experience to not only take my requests to God in prayer but to listen for His “still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12.
I wonder how many times do we miss the “still small voice” of our loving Father in the hustle and bustle of our days? May we always make it a point to have some “uncomfortable” silence with Him each day. He’s calling…are you listening?