The aftermath of a hurricane brings with it many challenges. The top of which was living without electricity…without light.
Eventually, power to homes and businesses and most of the main streets were restored, but many side streets remained in darkness.
It was a little scary at first, driving on the main roads in darkness; after those were illuminated, it just felt lonely turning from the main street onto my road – still in darkness.
But I eventually got used to it.
So accustomed had I become that it took me two days to notice that eight months later, the street lamp directly in front of my home had been restored.
Wow. That struck me.
I had become so used to the darkness that I hadn’t even noticed the light.
How is that even possible?
And could that be the case with some of us?
We have wandered so far away from the Light of God – His Word; we have become accustomed to life without God in it, that when someone shares a prayer or scripture with us, or invites us to church, we no longer see it for what it is – God offering us the rays of His Light – reaching out His hands to us.
Just like I had grown used to “seeing” in the dark, I had come to rely on my own ability; I felt that I could live without the street lamp. Sure, it was uncomfortable at first, but once I kept doing it, it became natural.
When we skip spending time in God’s Word, the first few times, we feel an initial twinge of discomfort. But the more time spent away from His Light, our eyes grow used to the darkness and we become comfortable with it.
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) reminds us “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
Friend, before we find ourselves wandering in darkness into eternity – something which should make us very uncomfortable – let us do a self-check.
Light is critical, not just to our physical life but in our spiritual one as well.
The apostle in 1 Peter 2:9 (GNT) tells us, “God…called you out of darkness, into His own marvelous light.”
The Psalmist also reminds us of the importance of God’s Light to our spiritual lives in two ways.
1. Ps. 119:105 (NIV) “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.”
We need His Light for wisdom to make it through this life successfully.
2. Ps. 27:1 (NIV) “The Lord is my Light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?”
We need His Light for protection; to bring to our attention the dangers that wait to ensare us.
Oh that we would step into and embrace God’s Light today.