Finding light when darkness is everywhere and there isn’t a glimmer of hope that the darkness will end.
We see the darkness from a distance, we hope, pray, and beg that it doesn’t come our way.
But in a blink of an eye, it has invaded the light around us.
It covers every inch of the life we have worked so hard to create and we watch as it covers everything around us in a darkness so thick it seems impossible to find the light at the end.
Maybe you’ve been struggling to grow your family, trying to overcome cancer, been overextended at work as you try to keep your business afloat, lost a loved one, find yourself working so hard while barely making ends meet, or have been watching the whole world disintegrate while people unknowingly spread a new kind of darkness laced with a virus that kills.
Kills the old, the young, your loved ones, your hopes and dreams, your 401k, your business, and/or your will to live (because sadly this virus is also killing those who never contract it, mental health can not be ignored).
This darkness has pervaded into every inch of our lives. And from the looks of it, there is no end in sight.
But even though we can’t (yet) see the light at the end of this dreadful darkness, there are glimmers of hope all around us.
Families choosing to stay home, healthcare professionals and essential workers (truck drivers, grocery employees, banks, etc) who are working overtime to provide care for the sick and essential service to the rest of us, children drawing inspiration and encouragement on the pavement with chalk, people buying/delivering groceries to their elderly neighbors, friends caring for children of essential workers, food banks filling with food even while grocery stores grow emptier.
The list could go on and on.
These acts of kindness may not be touching the darkness in your life directly, but indirectly they are fighting a battle to bring back some light to our lives.
And if you look hard enough you can find a way to be the light someone needs to make it through another day.
But the truth is that all of these little lights working together to save lives, lift spirits, and bring back normalcy in life can’t brighten a life that is already filled with a different kind of darkness.
Maybe you are experiencing a darkness like Job (Job 10:18-22), but without the faith that saw him through to the end.
If that is the case in your life, let me first say, I am so sorry.
But also, I need to be honest, nothing that I (or your friends and family) say or do, will ever fully lift you out of this darkness.
Our words and actions may bring small bursts of hope into your life, but they will sooner or later fade and become forgotten in the darkness.
There is only one Light that can truly pervade the ever-growing darkness and this Light is easy to gain.
God is knocking at the door right now (Revelation 3:20).
If we are willing to answer he will bring hope saying “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
We can feel like we have the light, but unless we are willing to let go of the darkness and let go of everything earthly, we may only ever have a weak grasp on a light that quickly dissipates during hard times (John 3:19-21).
And while the true Light is easy to gain, we often mistake this true Light for artificial ones or even try to prop up the true Light with fake ones.
We claim our light and security is in Christ, but how often is it propped up by the “security” of supportive friends, a good job, growing savings, popularity, obedient children, an easy marriage, etc.
We can’t have two lights guiding us, giving us hope and peace.
Only one can keep us from going astray (Luke 11:34-36 & Matthew 6:22-24).
Too often we allow ourselves to be distracted by lesser, even artificial, lights that pull us like a magnet making us feel safe within their iridescent glow, and we only find it isn’t a true light when hard times invade our life when friends disappear, jobs are lost, savings deplete, popularity fades, children rebel, marriages struggle, etc.
There is only one light that can truly eclipse the darkness (John 1:5).
“For you are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness.” – 2 Samuel 22:29.
And while this light is a free gift that has already been paid for (Colossians 1:13-14), we still have to be willing to accept it to gain the light (John 12:46).
We can only gain gifts that we are willing to accept.
But then what good is an unopened gift sitting on a shelf?
We need to unwrap it, open it up, and use it on a regular/daily basis.
We can’t expect a gift to work properly on its own inside the box.
Once we accept this gift of light we have to be willing to do our part to keep that light burning (Isaiah 58:9-14).
We need to “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12.
Sometimes that may even mean distancing ourselves from things and even people who are crushing our new light with their darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14).
When you accept this true light you must remember that “at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” Ephesians 5:8.
But what does this mean? How can we walk as children of light?
Luckily we don’t have to look hard, Paul explains what he means right after he says this in Ephesians 5:9-6:1-19. We can also find more guidance on how to walk in the light in 1 John 1:5-10.
And once this light begins to burn strongly in us “we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.” 1st Thessalonians 5:8.
So that when the darkness tries to invade our lives we can look it in the eyes and say “Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.” Micah 7:8.
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With love, Giusti
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.