I was sitting in my office this morning and it was dark outside. You know how it is; the time changes, the weather changes and it’s just darker outside than during other times of the year. Then, as I was checking my email, there was this sudden burst of light from the window and I turned around to see the image above. The sky was split in half: blue sky on one side, and dark, heavy clouds on the other side. In the middle was this bright light right on the seam between blue and black. I stood there, took a picture or two, and waited for the storm to roll in to cover the rest of the sky. Then as I watched – it was not the dark clouds that prevailed out my window but the sun and clear sky.
As I stood there the Lord brought to mind a verse from John. “In Jesus was life; and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)
I was struck by something a few things as I stood with God and looked out my window. I’m not a pessimist but I really expected the dark clouds to win. I’m used to it in the weather here, and used to it in the news with all the great tragedy around the world and have even experienced it throughout my life. I just expected it to happen.
Yet when God spoke that verse to me, He showed me something. The verse is spoken in the present tense. It does not read, “the light shined…” but “the light shines…”. There is a significant difference between the two. The fact that the light shines…means it hasn’t stopped shining. God’s light shines. It could be read this way, “The light is shining in the darkness…”. This is current – it’s happening right now. Just like the sky this morning and the light shining overcoming the dark clouds – Jesus’ light is shining in our lives.
I know we all have moments of doubt, struggle, fear, when those dark clouds seem to press in on us – don’t become lost in those moments. Take heart in the fact that His light is shining and He loves you dearly. Turn to God who desires to shine light around you …and in you. It says in 2 Corinthians, “For God… has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”