Walk in the Light, Don’t Crawl in the Dark

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A couple of years ago I was watching Big Brother, (yes, I confess… It’s sometimes a guilty pleasure) and the contestants were competing in a challenge where they entered a pitch black room to find large wooden puzzle pieces.  One of the things I remember is that almost all of the contestants entered the room standing up, but it didn’t take long to realize that walking around in a dark room could be dangerous and slow.  So they got down on their hands and knees and began to crawl around the room.  These are grown adults, crawling around in order to find their way.  Although they could move faster, it was still difficult to maneuver through a dark room looking for these puzzle pieces.  While in the room they would sometimes hit a wall, become frustrated and maybe even blurt a curse word or two as they knew they were competing with others. Time was of the essence.

As I was reading Jesus Calling recently, Sarah Young writes, “Men crawl through their lives cursing the darkness, but all the while I am shining brightly.”  Here we see grown men stooping to crawl through life.  It can be difficult to stand tall and walk, as an adult walks, when the space around us is not brightly lit.

In John 8:12 we read, Then Jesus again (this is not the first time) spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of Life.

Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

As we journey through this life, we don’t need to crawl as He’s already shining brightly to illuminate our path.  May we stand tall, reflect the Light of the World to all who see us. May the countenance of the Lord shine brightly upon you today.

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