Life Lessons

In Darkness


Yes, it’s another power cut inspired post! And I promise it is my last, especially now that the issue has been sorted. But on the second night of power cuts, when power had been resumed and then cut again, there was a randomness to the houses left in darkness. Driving the streets, there were pockets of houses with lights shining out from windows, and then patches of houses in complete darkness. One street would have power, street lights even, the next would be shrouded in darkness. One house would have lights, the next none.

For me, it so illustrated what is going on in our lives. There are people around us – on our street, our neighbours, our colleagues who are shrouded in darkness. The darkness of loss, of sickness, of relationship troubles or financial crisis. The darkness of hopelessness and despair, hurt and failure. They are in need of light. They are in need of the Light of the World – Jesus.

As a child, Robert Lewis Stevenson, best known for his adventure story Treasure Island, was found by his nurse with his nose pressed against his bedroom window. “Child, come away from there. You’ll catch you death of cold,” she fussed. But he wouldn’t budge. He sat, mesmerized, as he watched an old lamplighter slowly working his way through the black night, lighting each street lamp along his route. Pointing, Robert exclaimed, “See; look there; there’s a man poking holes in the darkness.”

That’s what we’ve been called to do – to bring light to darkened homes and streets. There are people all around us who need to know Jesus. To have Him bring, through us, compassion, healing, hope and love. In our world today we may seem small and insignificant, yet we can impact those around us. Let the light of Jesus shine in and through you. Your light, though it may seem small will blaze in the midst of darkness.

The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.”~Felix Adler

You can make the difference in the someone’s day, in someone’s life!

Shine! Glow! Be!


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