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  • Writer's pictureBecky Proctor

A Light in the Darkness

With age comes wisdom and it was a wise move, indeed, when I placed nightlights throughout our home. One in each bathroom, one in the living/dining room and one in the laundry room.

If you aren’t a midnight rambler, consider yourself fortunate. In the meantime, some of us are up at least once during the night. At least.

Regardless of age, nightlights are safety devices, keeping us from walking into instead of through doors and even from going in the wrong direction.

Did you ever notice when you go to bed and turn out the last bedside lamp how totally dark the house appears? For a few seconds, you could swear that there are no nightlights on at all. Then your eyes begin to adjust and you can see the ambient glow and realize that all is well.

Christian faith is like a nightlight in a dark and uncertain world.

When life delivers painful blows, like a serious illness, false accusations, a death, the loss of a job, divorce, or the loss of a precious friendship, we feel plunged into utter and complete darkness.

Yet, if in the midst of visceral pain, the words of 1 John 4:4 remind us, “greater is He that is in you that he that is in the world.”

In you and in me. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

I treasure those words. I have known life without faith in God. Now I choose to walk in faith, knowing that when all the trappings of life in the flesh are stripped away, this truth remains. And with it, our eyes begin to adjust. The darkness is no longer overwhelming. We begin to discern shapes and recognize objects, realizing we are not abandoned in the dark.

As The Gospel of John so eloquently reads, “In Him was life and that life was the Light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5).

May you grow in your love and knowledge of God as you follow His light today and always.

Holy God, I put my trust in You, knowing You lead me beside still waters and nourish my soul. Amen.

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