“Your word is lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”
Today darkness is associated with bad luck, evil and afflications. It also comes from our ignorance, disobidience and rebellion.
When we think of darkness we automatically think of doom and gloom, evil, sin, hopelessness, death and sadness just to name a few.
Darkness most of the times comes due to things we’ve done or choices that we have made because we were out of the will and safety of God. Sometimes darkness will come when it is beyond our control.
- the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
- an area of something that is brighter or paler than its surrounding
- provide with light or lighting; illuminate
- having a considerable or sufficient amount of natural light; not dark’
What’s the difference?
- Night- referring to when we are ignorant of God and we go stray like people who go to sleep at night
- The day is near– referring to te return of Christ is coming
- Lay aside the deeds of darkness – our sin, our disobidience, our ignorance, our selfishness
- Aurmor of light – The light of Christ
Do you know that we have the power within ourselves to dispell the darkness that comes within our lives?
So many times in the midst of our darkness we try to rush out of it because we don’t like what it represents or how it makes us feel. If we aren’t careful at what we are focusing on in the midst of our darkness it can lead us into depression.
Change your thoughts, change your life
Sometimes it’s hard for us to come out of some dark places that we are in all because of how we see it. If we can change our perspective on how we see and view our dark days we want get stuck there. Our problem in most cases is that we go to everything else accept for the source. God does his best work in the midst of a dark place.
There are somethings that God wants to show or share with us. There are even somethings he wants to reveal to us. Sometimes it is in those dark places in our lives that God can bring out certain things that lie within us.
So in those times when we can’t see clearly or when we feel like we can’t see at all, it is that hope that lies within us that causes us not to give up. If we could only Reach Up and Look up.
Reach Up – hold onto God’s unchanging hand and he will lead you and guide you in the way that you should go.
Look Up – Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith”
I remember when I was traveling to Knoxville, TN as I was going down the mountain there was always two sets of tunnels that I had to pass through. That was a land mark to let me know that I was halfway to reaching my destination. The thing is I couldn’t get to my destination without going through those tunnels. There was no short cut or any other route that I could take. Coming back home I had to go through those same tunnels. Though the tunnel can sometimes be dark and the way through seems narrow, it is unavoidable to get to the otherside. Life is a mystery and it change with out notice. It can be very painful and joyful all at the same time. You can find yourself saying, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s always another”. There are some things that we can avoid by the decisions and choices that we make. Then there are some times when life just happens and no matter what we do the obstacles, the situations, circumstances can’t be avoided. It is all part of the process to us becoming. It’s like baking a cake, if you leave out any of the important ingredients the cake will be a flop. No matter your destination you can’t get to it without going through the process. It is through the process that we are created and it pushes us to becoming who God has called us to be. My encouragement to you today is don’t give up, but go through the process. Look beyond what you can see right now. There is something greater on the other side of the tunnel.
All of my life I have always been fascinated with lighthouses and never really knew why until now. From an early age anything that I would draw it normally included a lighthouse on it. My dream was to some day collect lighthouses and to one day see a lighthouse. This year part of my dream has come true and I was able to see a lighthouse. I went to go visit my daughter in L.A. and we took the train to go see my family in Cali. My Uncle mentioned that he wanted to take us to go see the lighthouse. You should have seen me. I was like a kid in a candy shop jumping up and down with excitement. They had no idea what this meant to me and neither to what extent did I. The visions that I had when I would see the lighthouse was totally different than what actually happened, but the fact that I was getting ready to see a lighthouse in itself was priceless. Can someone say BUCKET LIST! It was everything that I could have imagined and it was breath taking. It was just like what I had seen in pictures and read about as it set on top of a hill looking over the ocean. You could see miles and miles away. The weather was perfect that day. It was as if time stood still for me and I breathed in every moment of it. Lighthouses is a tower, building or structure that was designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as a navigational aid or maritime pilots at sea or on inland water ways. Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Light comes in many forms and is one of the most important sources of energy used throughout the world and without it we wouldn’t be able to see and would be some what lost in direction when in the dark. As I look at the state in which our country is living in today we are in a very dark place. It is sad and hurtful to see and experience, but it doesn’t shock me because God said in his word 2 Timothy 3:1 that difficult times would come. In all that is going on don’t loose site of the bigger picture which is that God is coming back. We may not like the things that are happening in our world and nor are we responsible for the decisions that are being made that are out of our control, but we are responsible for our response. They say if you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. You do have a choice and the decisions that you will make especially in the days to come are what will make a difference. Don’t allow the standards of others make you lower yours. In spite the decisions of others STAND FIRM in what you believe. Chose ye this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house WE WILL SERVE THE LORD. I now realize why my love for lighthouses have been so great. Mathew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” If you are unable to see the light in the midst of your dark place maybe it’s because the light is you. Are you willing to be used by God to be a light that shines from within you. Shine bright like a diamond. Be the light to others who still can’t see.
We were leaving out one morning and I realized how dark it is now. When we first moved into our new home I realized we had NO street lights and it was pitch dark. I would have to turn on the porch light so we could see. So I went to get some of the lights that you stick in the ground to keep you from stumbling in the dark or fall off into the ditch. I asked one of the sales clerk for assistance because I had no idea how to use them. I asked him what kind of batteries do you use when they go out and he said that they are solar so they charge in the light during the day. It is amazing that we know that night is coming, but what do we do to prepare for it? We get comfortable and relaxed in the day time when things are well that we don’t take the time to build up our strength through fasting, through prayer and reading God’s word that when night comes we are still stumbling in the dark. I put the lights in the ground right before it was getting dark and I noticed how they started flickering one at a time until it was strong enough to stand on its own and it would shine bright. When I would drive around the corner and though the lights were small because it’s light shinned bright I could see it a far off.#CLEANTHISHOUSE