30 Nov 2018
Darkness and Light
Some years ago I worked as a hairdresser at a local psychiatric hospital. I had a small, pleasant salon tucked away in a quiet corridor. The opening times of my salon were 9am to 4pm, and the rules were that the lights stayed off outside official opening hours so as not to confuse the patients as to whether the salon was open or not.
However, my working hours were 8am to 5pm, as I had jobs to do before the patients arrived and after they left. When the mornings were dark and the evenings were even darker, the salon was a very dark place during the hour either side of my patient visits.
We should never underestimate the difference that light can make to a person’s situation. God is our light and we are called to be lights in this world. As we read in 1 John 1:5-6:
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
How can we act as lights to other people in our world today? Ask God to show you areas of darkness where He needs you to go in and shine His light.
John 8:12 says:
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
Pause and reflect: “Thank you, God, for for being the light of the world. Show me where You want me to shine Your light. Open my eyes to see the need, and enable me to meet it with the help of your Holy Spirit. Amen.”