I always think that Easter is a sunny day, but in Colorado, that’s not always true. Our weather can be quite unpredictable, regardless of the weathermen & their best forecasts.
No matter what the clouds do, we can have light in our hearts because Jesus is the light of the world. And celebrating His resurrection this weekend, is the exclamation point to living in light & love! I can totally appreciate that we go through seasons & struggles that can darken our mindset or discourage our hearts. But let’s remember that Jesus, the light of the world, lives in our hearts & His lights can illuminate any darkness or discouragement in which we may find ourselves. Today can be a sunny day my friend 🙂
There’s plenty of darkness in our world & lots of that darkness comes from letting hate & apathy into our hearts. For example, my friend was telling me about a brothel in Bangladesh where the underage workers are forced to take bovine steroids to force their bodies to develop & be more appealing to clients. Obviously, the steroids have very negative results on these girls’ bodies to say nothing about the babies born & toddlers raised in this environment. Truly, brothels like the one I described are dark & deplorable.
Enter nightcare with Saving Moses. In Cambodia, we have four nightcare centers where we look after the babies & toddlers of prostitutes while they work. These sex workers have no way to look after their babies or toddlers while they work, so our centers are essential to the nurture, upbringing & worldview for these lovely treasures! Jesus talks about caring for Him when we look after “the least of these” in Matthew 24.
Be sure to watch my blog over the next week as I visit Bangledesh to bring love & light to the least of these!
Many things happen in the dark: sleeping, recovery, deception, dreams, shepherds in the field, Jacob wrestling with an angel & lots more. Just like any 24 hour increment, our lives have times of bright illumination & times of darkness & even uncertainty. When I think about darkness, I’m reminded of Ps 23, where it talks about walking in deep darkness & God walking right alongside us.
Whether we feel or see it, Jesus, the light of the world, is walking with us, steady, faithful, loving, kind, patient & reliable.
Jesus is our light.
This morning I read about how Jacob dreamed about a ladder from heaven to earth & how God spoke with him about keeping Jacob safe, providing for him & returning him to his homeland – all at night time.
It seems to me that we frequently want to avoid what is dark, obscure, unclear & uncertain. We find comfort in the known, boundaries & what we can see, feel & understand. At the same time, we must admit that knowing God is most certainly the adventure of a lifetime, the most wild ride with the Infinite, overflowing with genuine love.
Jacob said “yes” to God, he accepted the unknown in the middle of darkness & began his awesome adventure with God – let’s GO!!! Say “yes” to God, even when you don’t understand, in the middle of darkness, obscurity & uncertainty. Genuine Love is waiting for your “yes” 🙂
Sometimes we can be in really dark situations or seasons in our lives. Darkness can be lots of different things: bad environments, yucky people, wicked things that happen to or around us & lots of other things ( I’m reminded of one of the neighborhoods that I walked in for a possible new nightcare location in Cambodia with www.savingmoses.org – a totally evil & wicked place that was overwhelmingly dark even during the day).
With that being said, lets be mindful to keep Jesus as the Light in our hearts – dont let the darkness seep into your thoughts or emotions no matter how strong it may seem. Darkness never overcomes Light so lets stay full of Jesus in our hearts so that we can bring light, hope & genuine love to any darkness that could be in our lives 🙂
Can i just say that i’m completely amazed by God & here are some reasons i am continually discovering that increase the amazement factor:
God knows me really well – He totally gets how i think, even better than me
provision – God gives me what i need, when i need it (often not earlier); either He provides the actual resources or the wisdom to match the need. Astounding
Trinity – there’s enough w just this one word to keep my brain fully engaged until i die & better than that, enough of the Trinity to sustain, fuel & even overwhelm my heart, brokenness & inadequacy
darkness cannot hide from light, no matter how hard it tries
Another reason i’m amazed w God is from what Jesus tells us in Matt 6:22-23: our eye is the lamp of our body & if our eye is clear, then we will be filled w light. If our eye is bad, then our body is full of darkness & that’s ALOT of darkness. So let’s consider some things we may use as “light” to illuminate our daily living (read through all of these to get the gist):
if your light is food, then possibly fasting is darkness
if your light is sex, then abstinence is darkness
if your light is wealth, then poverty is your darkness
if your light is education, then ignorance is your darkness
if your light is relationships, then alone is your darkness
if your light is your self, then maybe an empty heart is your darkness
While this list isn’t comprehensive & none of these things are bad by themselves, they become darkness for us, if we allow them to be a core value or motivation in our daily living. Let’s be sure that Jesus, the Light of the world, is THE Light who illuminates the entirety of our lives for each day.
I have a really cool eye dr. I’ve gone to him since i was in high school – so that’s a good amount of time. He’s always the same – nice, cordial, polite . . . . He never changes, even when i forget to make an appointment for a check up for 7 years or so. Whoops! Nevertheless, your eyes are really important. They allow you to collect visual information to be processed by your brain. If your eyes start messing up, then the information sent to your brain can be faulty & therefore the conclusions that your brain makes can easily be flawed & you can make some very poor decisions.
Jesus talks about the importance of your eyes in Matt 6:22-23, basically saying that if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness & if your eye is clear, then your body will be filled w light. If you’ve made some poor decisions, then consider the information on which you made such decisions. Perhaps the information you were using had shades of gray, maybe you were trying to keep a foot in the light & still dabble in some hidden areas. Traffic experts tell us that the most common times for auto accidents are during twilight.
Live in the light – the light of Jesus & don’t try to see with compromised light. Come into the light. Stay in the light. Live in the light.