Have you ever experienced total darkness before? Living in cities, which a lot of people do, nighttime does not seem so dark. I live up in the mountains and am away from all the city lights. But even then, I have tons of stars and the moon looking down on me. Not to mention the city below me is so bright that in some areas, one can see the lights from them while on the mountain. But, when the power goes out at night, wow.
When the power goes out a night, I imagine that those who live in the city are better able to see the stars at night. The stars are more noticeable up here in the mountains as well when the power goes out. But often, power goes out due to weather and when it does, everyone is normally inside because of it. It is dark, right?
Some may frantically feel around to find a flashlight during those times. I used to do so. And guess what? Of course, I would stumble or bump into furniture in the process. Anymore, a lot of us have our cellphones resting in our back pocket, so we just whip those out and turn on the flashlight before we even move. What a little blessing we tend to overlook, always having a light right at our fingertips!
Daylight, or any light, is the knowledge of God’s Will. Night, or any darkness, is the absence of this knowledge. Our phones, the stars, or flashlights, are Jesus, the Bible, and prayer.
Jesus opened the doorway to God the Father. He has restored us to our God so that we may have eternal life with Him. God’s Word gives us so much knowledge of His Will, love, mercy, grace, etc. And prayer builds our relationship with our Creator.
Jesus, the Bible, and prayer are wonderful ways that light can shine through, and we may see His will. When we can see the light of His Will, how can we not rely on it? It is there to guide us. To deny the light offered to us, would be like turning off your flashlight in the middle of a power outage.
If we turn off our flashlight in a power outage, it means we are going to rely on ourselves to navigate the darkness. Tell me. How often do things work out for you when you utilize self-reliance? I end up stumbling more often than I would like to share. Something always ends up going wrong and I find myself stumbling and bumping into furniture during the power outage. Let’s cut the power outage symbolism now.
Is a dark time coming your way? Are you in the midst of a dark time? Maybe you feel alone facing your situation? Maybe you do not see God in it? Do you feel like you have to do this on your own? Please, never forget… you have artillery. Jesus saved you. God provided you with His Word. You have a connection with your Father through prayer. Rely on what has been offered to you. You have light! The light of God’s Will is with you!
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daylight will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”John 11:9-10