I got out of bed in the middle of the night a few days ago. It was pitch black, but I didn’t want to disturb my wife by turning on the lights. I know the room by memory, but I still managed to stub my toe on the bed post. In pain I shifted my weight to my good leg and managed to bang my shin in the process. I swallowed my verbal expressions of pain because, as I said, I didn’t want to wake my wife…although I suspect I was making plenty of noise with my “silent” suffering.
As I paused to take a breath, standing there in the dark and not wanting to make a bad move, the notification light on my phone activated. This small sliver of light clearly illuminated where I needed to go, and led me back to my bed without further injury.
John 8:12 says, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
As life-givers, we desperately need to follow the Light of the World, and be led by the Light of Life! Without God’s light we will stumble in the darkness, struggle to reach our goal, and—undoubtedly—experience great pain. God’s promise: Follow Me and you won’t walk in darkness!
- Choose: We need to acknowledge our desperate need for light, and choose to turn it on. (Deut. 30:19-20)
- Follow: Keeping your eye on the light makes your pathway clear, and allows you to lead others. (1 Samuel 15:22)
- Stay Near: Prayer keeps us near the light, and it becomes brighter as we pray. (James 4:8)
- Witness: Our purpose in life is to lead others into the light. (Acts 26:16-18)
- Practice: Walking in the light demonstrates the vitality of our faith. (James 2:14-26)
Standing in a dark room is paralyzing. But even a glimmer of light defines the edges of what threatens us, and a floodlight illuminates every crevice. Physical light brings clarity to our sight, and spiritual light brings clarity to our souls!