The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned.
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes me should stay in darkness.
It was a dark and stormy night . . . to quote the immortal words of Snoopy.
I have just finished reading a blog about the importance of slowing life's pace, and am smack-dab in the middle of leaving a comment. Danny is watching a show on Netflix where a crucial part of the plot is the power alarmingly going off the grid.
As if on cue, our own lights go out!!! We are plunged into darkness as the rain continues to relentlessly pummel our deck, our skylights, and the sides of our house. It takes a few seconds for our eyes to adjust to the gloom before we dare make a move for the flashlights stored in our bedroom. Once these are in hand, Danny goes downstairs to our laundry room to fetch our battery-powered camping lantern. What a life saver that is!
Immediately, life is slowed. To a crawl. No lights. No television. No computers. No air-conditioning. And all that food in the fridge? Well, if the power isn't restored in a reasonable amount of time, we can chalk the contents up as a loss.
And there's the rub - we have no idea how long it will take for the electricity to be up and running. As we prepare for bed, I find myself thanking God that we even have power to lose. So many people living in the world have no knowledge of such a luxury. And too many of us who use electricity daily take it for granted.
I am deep in sleep when I sense a change in our room. My eyes fly open only to blink fiercely as brilliant light pours over me. The power is back on! And because it was off when we went to bed, it didn't dawn on us to turn of the lights before turning in. I'm groggy as I fumble for the light switches and stumble back to bed in the shadowy room. But I can rest assured - the light is with us. We do not have to remain in darkness.
In the midst of our dark and stormy nights, those tempest-tossed times when we've all but lost sight of safety's shore, let us call upon Jesus to light our way. He will go before us, shining His unquenchable, eternal light to guide us. To comfort us. To give us peace.
And we can rejoice! For we no longer live in the land of deep darkness. Upon us, Jesus' light has dawned!
Alleluia and amen!