“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
“Everyone hold onto the rail please. I’m going to turn off the lights. You’ve never seen darkness like this in your life – it’s important that you be grounded and safe while the lights are off. Ready?”
And – yep.
There’s no dark like the dark when you are deep in a cave system and the only available light source is snuffed out. It’s almost as though the dark is eating the light, in one instant and determined bite.
It’s not just caves that eat light.
You know what I mean. Light Eaters? They are everywhere. They suck the brilliance right out of any situation.
Anxiety. Fear. Betrayal. Disillusionment. Grief. Talk about eating any positive vibes in the room – and licking the plate clean.
But there is a Light that can’t be extinguished. No way to snuff it, no switch to throw, no power supply to cut, no batteries to run out. No fear big enough. No evil strong enough. No darkness has jaws powerful enough to chomp it down.
No Tour Guide to ask you to hold on tight while she turns off a few incandescent bulbs and holds you in suspense for kicks.
See, no matter how dark things get, Jesus is pure enough, brilliant enough, powerful enough to break the teeth of any power of darkness that aims at His rays of light.
While He hung dying on that cross, darkness descended. Darkness in the middle of the day – a darkness that thought it won by killing God.
But a few days later, He got up and left grave clothes behind – Evil intent flipped into the greatest Good ever done on earth.
And that Light?
Even death couldn’t swallow it up.
Are things looking dark right now?
Really dark? Like your circumstances are trying to swallow every last bit of light left?
Hold onto this ray of hope – Jesus is the Light. And that light shines in the darkness, and cannot be overcome.
No matter how dark it gets.
Wait for the light with me when things feel dark?
Father, we often find ourselves in the dark of rough circumstances. Thank You that no matter how black the darkness gets, You are light and goodness and mercy and kindness and love. Teach us to always look to You for the light we need. Amen.