The past two weeks have been saturated with the theme of darkness & light. Literally, saturated.
You know when you buy a new car and then suddenly realize that everyone else has the same car? People probably didn’t really all go out and buy the same car that you had – you were just more aware of it…you were on the lookout for it.
Darkness & light has been brought to my attention daily the past two weeks: in conversations with people, in Bible study with the girls on staff, and in nature.
The Lord has been reminding me of the depth of the sin & darkness of our human hearts. It is ugly. It is heavy. It is sinful. It is dark. But it doesn’t stop there. The darkness isn’t the end. While being reminded of the weight of sin and the darkness of our sinful hearts, the Lord has continued to bring before me the beauty of the LIGHT. The beauty of the Gospel of Jesus. Grace. Redemption. Healing. Freedom. LIGHT.
When God the Father looks upon His people who have accepted Jesus, He sees light that is only given by Him.
The Bible refers to people as dry bones…dead, dry bones. Before we accept Jesus, we are dead in our sins (Eph. 2) and in darkness. So it’s absurd for me to think that I did anything to earn my salvation because I was dead. Dead & in darkness. It wasn’t by any works, actions, or words that I said that conjured up the light. There was an outside source to bring the Light. It is Jesus. Is has always been & will always be Jesus.
By His grace, I see the beauty of the Light. I know the difficulty of bringing our messy, sinful selves to Christ because we feel dirty. We feel broken. We feel dark. Apart from Christ, we are in darkness. He is the only source of light. Light drowns out darkness.
If you’ve accepted Christ & His redemptive work & sacrifice on the cross & made the decision to follow Him, let me be honest – things still get messy. Things will still feel dark at times. I still struggle with sin & I am far from perfect. However, He is perfect. His light is always shining. That’s a comfort that I cannot fully articulate.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
At the beginning of this week, my sweet friend on staff, Amanda, & I photographed the night sky here in Haiti. (She wrote an awesome post about darkness & light too – so you should read that as well). We started with photographing Port Au Prince from across the bay:
Then, we moved to taking photos of the stars:
And then, we saw it. We saw a faint faint glow rising from behind the mountains. We grabbed our tripods and hustled to the top of the hill and literally watched the moon rise from behind the mountain.
I just kept hearing “the light shines in the darkness. The light shines in the darkness.”
The mountainside was lit up by the moon, which is a giant rock that is lit by the Sun. Don’t you see it? The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.
When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I know Christ is faithful. He is sanctifying. He is bringing light. He is drawing people out of darkness and into His marvelous light. And we get to be a part. WOW.