John 12:36 – If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light. All these God-signs He had given them and they still didn’t get it, still wouldn’t trust Him. (Message)
Beginning my day, as I always do – reading my bible and praying for family and friends, enjoying the view from my sunroom – and watching the birds at the feeders, all of a sudden, my eye ‘catches’ a bright flash of color! Sunshine yellow – a beautiful American Goldfinch – the first one I had seen at the feeders. What joy! Instantly, my day was brighter by seeing this little ‘bringer of light’ into the still drab (then)winter-weary garden – (from ‘darkness to light)!
Life can also be a matter of light or darkness. We need to choose wisely in how we live. Light – (meaning a life of believing in and trusting in God) and leading a life of integrity and purity, in thought, word and deed; or we can decide to continue in ‘darkness’ living life as we always have, right or wrong. Trusting in something or someone we cannot see, or choosing to stay in (a life of)darkness!
The latter choice can put us in the tenuous position of losing our freedom (to come under the control of someone else of losing the respect of all those we love), by leading us into demeaning lifestyles, where we no longer respect ourselves and become people pleasers, to those who have dark minds and spirits. No love, no respect (no light)– only control in all that they demand of us (darkness).
John 12:44-46 Then Jesus cried out and said, ‘He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness’. (NKJV)
I pray for each of us that we choose the lighter pathway in life. That we become willing to trust in the wisdom of the bible, and live according to its’ guidelines, (it can change our life)! It will not guarantee a life without troubles, but it will ensure we each have an inner strength to draw upon, when life becomes too hard to bear.
Many years ago, new-found Christian friends helped me re-learn trust in this way – they helped me see that by trusting in an unseen God, each new day became brighter, brought more joy and renewed hope, instead of dread. I chose to follow their biblical advice and I began trusting in God: I found a calm that was not of my own making – when I gave up trying to control my own life. Just as a goldfinch can bring ‘light’ into a garden, so God, through inviting Jesus into our lives, can bring life-giving light to our hearts.
John 14:6 – I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Prayer: Abba, grant us the courage and the wisdom to choose what is right for us, what is good for our lives. Help us find the right pathway and step out of the darkness of the world, nto a life that is filled with You, with Jesus, with love, kindness and respect. In Your precious name, we pray, Amen