A Light in the Dark

by Pat Farrell

This is a story I need to tell again and again. I remember one night when my dog got me up at 12:30AM. Most of the time, unless the moon is out, it is pitch black out here in the country. You can see all kinds of constellations – even the Milky Way! But, if there is no moon or it’s cloudy, you can’t see your hand in front of your face. I had a red blinking detector light on my dog’s collar just to be able to see him during the dark nights.

But when I stepped out that night, I could plainly see my dog. It was “light,” but there was no moon and no stars. There was complete cloud cover, and yet it was light. “Where does this light come from?” I asked myself. My Doberman was running back and forth in the field and continually around the house, and I could clearly see his every move.

How do you explain this? Well, I couldn’t (and I still can’t), but I know what I saw, and I remember something I had read. Maybe this helps explain what David meant when he wrote about God in Psalm 139:12 “…even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.”

The Apostle John wrote in 1 John 1: 5-6 “…God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”

In other words, if you claim to be a Christian and you don’t even know who He is, you’re out there running in the dark. If it never even dawns on you that in any situation to ask first for His help and guidance, you need to turn on the light.

Jesus said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of the world.”

Let’s start the holiday season by first recognizing we can’t follow who we don’t know. Seek Jesus. Seek first His face.

You can start by hanging around folks who also want to know Him. Read His Word, and if you don’t understand what you read, ask God to help you and keep trying. God loves a loyal apprentice who will never give up. You will be rewarded and will receive His light within your darkness. We all have those dark days and nights, but even under cloud cover, His light is there.

He loves us and will never leave us. God has a red blinking detector on every one of us and can find us in the dark and lead us to His light.

May God’s light shine in and upon you.

 

Pat Farrell’s gifts and talents include being a coach, speaker, retreat leader, student, teacher and Certified Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church. Finding her own life’s purpose came in the desert of her life. She has survived and endured many hardships, and lives to help others know they are enough and they not only can survive but also thrive.

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