This time of year can be very gloomy and dark, and unlike the Christmas period there are no pretty fairy lights to lighten the mood! When you get up, it’s dark; when you return from work, it’s dark. There’s the odd sunny day, but many more damp, grey days. Some people struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, and use light boxes to help them through until the days lengthen.
Everything looks and feels different in the dark. Familiar places and routes appear different and scary, even though we might travel that way regularly. I struggle to make things out in the dark when I’m driving. Things that I know are simply lampposts could be people waiting to cross the road. I find it harder to assess the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles. If I walk in the dark, I feel a bit wary, being anxious in case someone is following me with the will to do me harm. I had to laugh at myself recently when I got into my car to go somewhere one evening and locked myself in, which I do in the dark but not in the daylight, and then suddenly thought, “hold on, what if there’s someone in here and I’ve locked them in with me?”! I laughed thinking about how silly it all was; the likelihood was no-one was in the car waiting to pounce on me, and probably no-one will ever jump into my car at the traffic lights to do anything to me. What is it about the absence of light that affects us so deeply?
Light makes plants grow. Daylight enables us to get on with our life, to see where we are going. Sunshine brings with it warmth and a sense of well-being. When we go into our homes in the dark, the first thing we will do is reach for the light switch. Thank the Lord for the gift of electricity!
This week I have been writing a talk on Revelation 2:18 – 29, which is a letter to believers at a church in Thyatira. The Lord promises Christians who persevere the gift of the “morning star”. I did some research to find out what or who this morning star is, and found a thought-provoking quote in the commentary by Matthew Henry:
“Christ is the morning star. He brings day with Him into the soul, the light of grace and glory.”
This is when I started to think about the necessity of light in our everyday lives, and of what we miss without it. What does it mean that Christ “brings day with Him into the soul”? This implies that without Him our souls are in a state of darkness, of night-time. Like us trying to find our way around in the dark, we are merely groping around for truth but with no guiding light. To know Christ is to see things as they really are. Our eyes are opened and we recognise the folly of trying to make our own way in life, of trying to do it all on our own.
We experience the warmth of His love and the joy of sins forgiven. For the first time in our lives we are truly alive; before, we thought we were living, but now we really are. We recognise the grace of God that has brought this gift of salvation to us, and thankfulness wells up inside us, where once we were completely indifferent.
We know something of the glory of God. When Jesus was glorified before the disciples at the Transfiguration, “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Mat 17:2). In the early chapters of Revelation when He appears to John on the isle of Patmos, we are told that “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like a flame of fire” (Rev 1:14). No-one can stand before the glorified Christ in their own strength; only through the shed blood of the Lamb will we be made right before Him.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13 – 14
The darkness of this life need not swallow us up. If we have put our faith in Jesus and trust Him as our Lord and Saviour, not only will we know the light of His presence in our lives today, but one day we will see the “Bright and Morning Star” for ourselves and live in His light eternally.
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What an encouraging post for a cold winter day! Yes, the light of Jesus can warm our hearts when everything else seemed dark. So thankful for God opening my eyes to help me see Jesus, the light of the world and the Bright Morning Star. May our hearts be lit with joy at His forgiveness and grace!