Be In The Light
Posted: Saturday, May 14
1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
Verse of the day:
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)
When they look around at our world, many people only see the darkness. They only see the evil things that seem to be overtaking our society. Gun violence, war, poverty, and disease seem to be spreading to every corner of the globe.
Sometimes as Christians we can forget that light is stronger than darkness. The weight and heaviness of the darkness can feel like it is crushing in on our lives. However, with just a small amount of light, that darkness steps back. The pressure that it emits is muted by even a candle light.
Jesus came into a world of darkness. All around him he met people that were looking for God, yet they could not find him. Their religious devotion, rituals, and scholarly pursuits had left them in a fog. Jesus came as a beacon of light to lead us out of the darkness and into His Light. I love the imagery of a light leading us out of the darkness.
In his children’s book, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis uses this imagery as he tells of an island of darkness. The ship, the Dawn Treader, had sailed into a blackness, so dark they could feel the heaviness. Fearing they would be shipwrecked on some unforeseen obstacle, the crew was desperate to find clear sailing and the bright son. Here is how they found their way out:
Lucy looked along the beam and presently saw something in it. At first it looked like a cross, then it looked like an aeroplane, then it looked like a kite, and at last with a whirring of wings it was right overhead and was an albatross. It circled three times round the mast and then perched for an instant on the crest of the gilded dragon at the prow. It called out in a strong sweet voice what seemed to be words though no one understood them. After that it spread its wings, rose, and began to fly slowly ahead, bearing a little to starboard. Drinian steered after it not doubting that it offered good guidance. But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.
In a few moments the darkness turned into a greyness ahead, and then, almost before they dared to begin hoping, they had shot out into the sunlight and were in the warm, blue world again. And all at once everybody realized that there was nothing to be afraid of and never had been. They blinked their eyes and looked about them. The brightness of the ship herself astonished them: they had half expected to find that the darkness would cling to the white and the green and the gold in the form of some grime or scum. And then first one, and then another, began laughing. (C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (New York: Penguin Books, 1952))