When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
I've spent a lot of time walking in darkness . . .
- the darkness of sin
- the darkness of my distorted thoughts
- the darkness of depression and despair
But in all my darkest times there has always been a light.
Sometimes the light is completely hidden for a time. And sometimes it it is so faint that I can barely see it.
But I am learning more and more that even when I can't see it, the Spirit within me knows it's there.
I am learning to hold on even during the darkest nights because I've seen over and over again that the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
Even in my deepest doubt and despair the light flickers in my darkened heart like a tiny pilot light that only God can see.
As God foretold in Isaiah about the coming Savior - a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. (Isaiah 42:3)
I am learning to trust in the darkness because Jesus promises that whoever lives in the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. (John 3:21)
I am learning that when I cling to His truth He will lead me back into the light of life for He is the light of the world.