Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Light up the Darkness

Imagine with me, a dark, room. This is not a dim room, it is a heavy and weighty black.This heavy black, this weighty darkness is what covers our world, and the enemy wants to keep it that way. Looking into our world and seeing nothing but dark is depressing and hopeless at best, but in the middle of the room there is a small Light. Suddenly there is a direction, a goal, and a vantage point. Suddenly there is hope. As you walk to the Light, candle in hand, your anticipation grows. You get to the flame and light your own candle, but now a new challenge awaits. This candle is now producing light but how much? Can others see this Light? Will it stay lit? People are all around us looking for the the Light but have such a troubled time finding it. We are now light-bearers, and are responsible, no privileged enough to be shining the Light for those searching. Some of us move, completely unaware of our dwindling flame in hand. We rush to and fro, dimming the light for ourselves and those around us. We skew the perspective of those searching, and lead them astray. What may look like truth ends nothing more than a lie clever placed by the one who prowls around like a lion waiting to devour us.. Others of us hide our Light afraid the flame will be blown out. We are finicky and tossed at sea like waves when the winds of transgression start to blow. This is no light to be hidden! We must learn to have faith in this flame, in this Light, for it is the Light of the world, the Light of life.!

This Light is an eternally burning flame that has been ablaze long before we were created and will be burning long after this earth is gone. It is a flame that exposes what is hidden in the darkness and brings sin to light. In the same fire that exposes this sin it burns it up leaving room for grace to intercede and transform us. This flame is the fuel for life. Not a life lived in darkness, where one can wander lost, scared and completely alone; but a life exciting and new and un-tamable like a wildfire, burning everything in its path. We should pray for this fire, for this life! It should be our desire to seek out how to feed this fire, and how to encounter and spread it daily. I want to be on fire! I want to light up the darkness!
Here are some verses that deserve some attention and meditation, concerning this entry...
"And Jesus spoke to them, 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
"for at one time you were darkness but now you are light in the Lord.Walk as children of Light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)" Ephesians 5:8-9
(We were darkness and God still loved us. We were not just walking the darkness, we were contributing to the problem and standing as adversaries to God. Despite this, He saved us and desires a close, and intimate relationship with Him...leading us to the next
"but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8