“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
For some reason I end up thinking about the strangest things. Like how quickly life can change. Did you know that nearly two people die every second?
Not only does massive life changes occur rather quickly, those changes can sometimes take a lifetime to reconcile. Tragedy, pain, desperation, and heartbreak occur in seconds.
But just as quickly, if not faster, life springs from the ashes of that tragedy. Did you know that four children are born every second? Light moves faster than we can blink. The Word is the “lamp to our feet and the light to our path”. When light touches something, it changes the nature of that object, of that event, of that person, of that soul.
Light affects the way we operate at a fundamental level. Light brings forth color where everything was bleak and grey. Light gives courage to the downhearted and the weary. Light is the representative of good.
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, “The Two Towers” there is a scene in which everything seems lost. The fellowship is broken, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are in the midst of a one sided battle. Though reinforcements had come, the men of the city they are defending are far outnumbered. At the same moment, (while Orlando Bloom does some inhuman stunts to the oohing and awwing of dewy eyed fans) Gandalf the recently revived wizard rides to the top of an insanely steep hill accompanied by a herd of *ahem* well, horsemen.
What accompanies this incredible rescue but the gleaming light of the rising sun. Raising the hearts and bringing strength to those in battle, and giving them the hope of victory.
Light is cool like that.
Our lives and our circumstances work the same way. When the light touches the darkness within us, it recoils and hides within us, allowing us to see ourselves as God sees us. Additionally, light gives us the ability to reconcile with our darkness and conquer it. Like Gandalf facing off with his own personal demon, we must first face and defeat the demons we struggle with before rising from the ashes clothed in white.
Remember that only you can fight your demons. Nothing else. Life may change in the blink of an eye, but no matter what happens, always face your darkness with the light of God held tightly in your grip.
Okay, light changes us fundamentally, but I can hear you thinking (yes, I am a telepath now), “there is no way light can change my darkness. You have no idea what I have been through! It’s just who I am now!”
Ah. Let me give you something a little more concrete.
Last year, there was a scientific study done with the help of some mice, an experiment was done to put mice in fear. In order to see how they reacted to certain stimuli, the scientists removed all other stimuli, including light. Immersing the mice in darkness, they then tested what factors gave mice the “courage” to move around differently and with purpose in the dark. Some of the things they tested were: food. This caused a reaction. However, a stronger reaction was the presence of a mate: a girl.
The last test they took yielded more results than any before. They placed a pinprick of light in the mouses brain. Now, this doesn’t sound like it would do anything. After all, it was inside the mouse. However, it caused the mouse to move around with ease, comfort, and courage. This phenomenon goes to prove a point.
Light, both physical and otherwise, has a huge positive impact on us. It can be used as a guide, as a comforter in times of stress, and even as a weapon to wield against the enemy who wishes to destroy truth.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
The biggest revelation occurred to me while in the car driving home today. We have not only the choice to chase out our decisions, but we are backed up. We have the ability to say “No” to ourselves. We have the power to say “No” to temptation. We have the power to say “No” to the face of adversity. So, no matter what happens, we have God’s light on our sides.
Be blessed today.