Literally and/or figuratively, have you ever been in darkness so thick that there was no trace of light? A veil of inky blackness that consumes your sight, whose depth of darkness leaves you squinting for the slightest break of pattern in the blackness so as to be able to focus . . . but to no avail?
Darkness is the absence of light. Darkness can not define itself, it needs light to do that. The second that the smallest amount of light interacts with it, it is no longer dark. At daybreak, the darkness does not turn itself off, but is pressed in upon by the light – thus no more darkness. Light triumphs over darkness and not vice versa.
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” –John 1:5
Recently, a group of Doulos staff (& company) visited a remote part of the island, 7,000 feet above sea level in a hidden away spot thriving with blankets of flowers and tucked in by forests of pine and cedar trees. This refreshing spot is untouched by human hands for the most part, dappled with a few small cabins, where the sounds of sheep bleating, turkeys gobbling and fresh air wafting through the mountainside is the music of tranquility.
Away from electricity and high up in the clouds, the air is cold (for a tropical island) and solar powered lights, a cozy fire in the fire place and the moon are the only source of light once the sun drifts away. When the fire burns out, and the lights lose their juice, it is very, very dark. The darkest dark I have ever physically experienced. Though I’m a grown woman, the extreme darkness was overwhelming for me, and I began to anticipate, hunger for, deeply yearn for the light. When I opened my eyes to dawn each morning, I became giddy in my spirit. LIGHT!
It was there in that place where the truth and message of Jesus, the light of the world, met me in a fresh way on the brink of this advent season. We are in the season of celebrating Jesus’ birth of putting on human flesh so that He could walk among us, die on behalf of us, and save us from our sinful selves by receiving Him as Savior. Jesus is the LIGHT, and when we accept and receive him, He is in us. The LIGHT is in us. We have the LIGHT because we have HIM.
This season of anticipation and hope has little to do with great deals, cyber sales, gatherings, good food, Santa, elves, reindeers, or “home,” – though those are all fun things. It has everything to do with the fact that we were in total darkness, consumed by the inky blackness of sin, self and flesh, and then the Light of the World was born unto the earth, offering those who would receive Him the gift of eternal life. There is not a single fact more hope filled than this!
Is there someone in your midst who may be living in darkness, someone who is yearning for LIGHT? Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, if you have Jesus, you can shine His light that is in you and point them to Him.
Are you living in such comfort that you’ve ceased yearning for Jesus? Let us not be consumed by the things of this world, but remain steadfast, focused and plugged into the hope that we have that is Christ Jesus. I pray more than anything else that you would be giddy with Joy because of the LIGHT that you have received and that you can now offer to others!