1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
My husband, Danny, and I have many things in common, but the time when we arise in the morning isn't one of them. If I'm not up and moving around with coffee in hand before 7:30, I've overslept. Danny? He can sleep until 9:30 and not regret one minute of shut eye.
Now, this time gap leads to a disparity of need. After about an hour of coffee, email checks and reflective prayer, I'm more than ready for my shower. I never feel fully awake until I have one in the morning. This maneuver calls for some stealthy steps on my part so I don't disturb Danny's peaceful slumber.
The bedroom is dark. Really dark. The shades are drawn, and the faint light that seeps in above the bathroom sink is minimal at best. I cautiously enter the bathroom, not daring to flip the light switch until the door is quietly closed. When I start my shower, I raise the lever up so that the cascading water makes as little splash as possible, lest I rouse the sleeping beauty.
Once the shower ends and I'm prepared to exit the bathroom, I'm mindful to turn off the light before opening the door. Furtively, I deposit my pajamas in our hamper and silently pad, bare-footed, to my bureau to ferret out undergarments, often making wrong calls as to how these should be appropriately fitted. A tedious effort, indeed, when one can't see clearly!
Slowly, I complete the dressing process, then head back to the wan light of the sink area to comb out my hair. Even the sliding out of a drawer to retrieve my comb has me hoping I haven't disturbed Danny. My eventual exit of the room displays the ancient art of the tip-toe.
Whew! I've successfully navigated another morning in the dark, but it isn't without effort or, dare I say, inconvenience.
Because the dark is not a welcoming place. When in it, we are immediately careful, cautious, stealthy, and hesitant. We cannot fully see where we are going, and that in itself, is disconcerting. We need the confidence that light brings to successfully navigate the pitfalls and dangers that could lie in wait for us if conditions are too shadowy to see them coming.
But thanks be to God that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is the light of the world! Through His life and His words, we can see clearly what is expected of us as believers and children of God. In Him, there is no darkness. No more stumbling around in a world where the evil one's obstacles threaten to thwart our every move.
In Jesus' light, we find clarity. By it, we are encouraged in hope and faith and trust.
In Jesus, there is no darkness.
Only the promising dawn of a new day.
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