Lightbulbs

11 05 2015

I am writing this in the dark. I turned on the light. Everything was fine, and then there was a pop. You know the kind I mean. My space went from well-lit and colorful to shadows and darkness in the blink of an eye. I got up and fumbled around, looking for a light bulb. Have you ever run out of light bulbs? Not having a replacement on hand means that dark resides where normally there is light. A light bulb seems like such an ordinary thing. Something not worth noticing, or paying attention to, but something that jumps to the top of the list when it is out. It highlights to me how much I take light for granted. A flip of a switch and light fills a room. It is only when the light bulb burns out that I notice the pervasive nature of darkness.

Adding light bulbs to my grocery list always highlights the sweetness of Revelation 22:4-5. “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” Marked as His own treasure, we will see His face. We will behold His glory, delight in His nearness, and praise will pour forth in torrents of worship. Darkness is banished from heaven. No more black grief, no more dark fear, no more shadows of doubt – pure light. No temporary or artificial lights. No created lights. We will bask in the warmth and radiance of the light that is God Himself.

My Jesus Resolution today is to appreciate light. Jesus tells me in John 8:12 that He is the Light of the world. His light never darkens, dims, or fades away. I can count on His light to shine no matter what my circumstances hold, how dark my struggles become, or where I find myself walking. I want to notice how light, whether the sun outside or a small nightlight, illuminates and guides my way. Today when I turn on a light, I am going to think about the light that fills heaven and shines in my soul.


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20 05 2015
Katy Penick

Love this!

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