John 12:46 “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”
“Should not abide in darkness”. What a beautiful promise. Whatever else is going on around me, I have a fully notarized invitation to live in the light, where peace and beauty are the rule and not the exception. I have been given the dignity of getting to choose whether to stumble through the darkness and chaos of the world or to put my faith in Jesus and walk in his light. Today, I choose his light. I’m so grateful it’s really that simple!
John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
As the world swirls further into chaos and darkness, how refreshing to remember that light came into the world in the person of Jesus. Though darkness abounds and seems to rule, the reality is that Jesus rules. Selah. (Ancient Hebrew for “dude…”) He’s still in charge, and in the end he wins. Today I choose to hold onto him and remember that he is the light. He brought light. He walks in light. Darkness cannot overtake him. Today I choose peace.
John 8:12- Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
I love this promise. Yes, the world can be dark, but guess what? There is a Great Light. It brings life, and joy, and hope. And he wants us to walk with him. How amazing is that? He is the great I AM. The Alpha and Omega, and he wants us to walk in his light. In him. What is so dark that the light of God cannot overtake it? Nothing. Not one. Single. Thing.
John 1:5-And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
I made the above image at Longwood Gardens during the Chrysanthemum Festival. It was a beautiful sunny day, which means everything was well lit. (Yay for light!) It’s interesting to realize, though, that what makes this image so stunning is not exactly the light. Without the shadows the light was just there. Everything was flooded with light and therefore nothing stood out. In the presence of shadows, though, certain flowers are highlighted and their beauty is spotlighted.
How like life that is! Sure, we wish for peace and sunshine all the time, but it is in the times of turmoil and darkness that the beauty of God is fully seen. I want to stop looking at the darkness and see the light.