“Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.” Mark 4:21
One cool fall evening not long after we had moved into our home in rural Arkansas, I decided to step outside for a few moments. Most of the colorful leaves had fallen from the trees causing more exposure into the wooded hillside behind our house. I noticed what appeared to be a light at the top of the hill. Curiously, I began a slow and careful walk up the hill through the woods toward the light. After covering about 200 yards I discovered the light source was a small incandescent light bulb on the back porch of a house an additional 50 yards away. We had lived in our Arkansas home for a few weeks by then, but that was the first time I knew another house was located beyond the woods. Typically I wouldn’t walk into the woods at night, but the dim light gave me a sense of security and direction.
In John 8:12, Jesus said he was the light of the world and in following him we wouldn’t walk in the darkness. In a world of uncertainty, growing aggression, and insecurity, Christ remains the unchanging singular source of true light and hope. He will lead us through the darkest of this world’s challenging terrains. In following him, we will also reflect the beauty and brilliance of His unfailing mercy and grace to a fallen and needy world.
Lord, thank you for your illuminating brightness of life. You are the singular vestige of truth and grace. You are the one whose heart desires to draw us out of the darkness and into your marvelous light. I thank you today for your provision of grace, and I pray through the enablement of your Holy Spirit I might be used today as a vessel to reflect your life to those living in darkness. Amen.