It is not uncommon for Leo to need to go out during the middle of the night. It is something we know – even if we don’t particularly like it. There are enough small lights peering through our windows, along with a few night lights, that we can see to get to the door without having to cut on main lights. That just disturbs everything. Last night, I hobbled my way to the back door in the common night fog of my mind. I reached to turn on the light for the outside patio and hit the wrong switch. Instead, I turned on the dining room lights. It didn’t take me but just a second to turn those back off and reach for the right one. It was an interruption in my drudgery to the door.
It is amazing how light – often such a welcome sight – can also be so interrupting. It can completely change the course of what we were doing. Light can be challenging if we are stumbling in the dark and have grown accustomed to it. When we stay in the dark for so long, one might think light would be welcomed. But it rarely is. It is easier to stay in the dark than face the illumination. We can function in the dark, so why change?
Change is always difficult. It comes with an extra weight of challenges – and shortly into any change, we can find ourselves wondering what was wrong with the way things were. We begin to justify going back to our previous lifestyle – our previous ways – just so we don’t have to face the challenges of change. The problem is we never grow this way. We end up stumbling through the dark and don’t realize the gift of the light all around us. We miss the joys because we can’t see them. We miss the opportunity to give and receive love because we are blinded to it.
Turning on the light just might be exactly what we need to do. John reminds us that Jesus is the light. Jesus teaches us he is the way – illuminating our paths. Maybe the light of Christ is the light we have been missing. May he brighten your day and show you joys everlasting!
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
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