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.”
As I get older, the one thing I have to contend with is a decreasing vision. I have glasses but I just can’t get used to wearing them. They are bifocals; so, I have to look down a certain way when I want to read plus I can’t use them for working on my computer. Most times, I do okay but when it comes to seeing things from a distance, I struggle. Yet, instead of putting on the glasses, I just look at the distant and blurry world before me, hoping I don’t miss anything important.
One day, my Mom shared a bit of wisdom with me. She said that most times when I am struggling to see, it is because the lighting in a place is insufficient. As I tested her theory, I noticed that every place I was having issues with my eyesight was a place where the lighting was not all that great. While I still need glasses for distance, I don’t need bifocals to see everything. I can see most things if the lighting is sufficient.
That’s how our walk with God is. Left to our own devices, we see things dimly. We see only part of the situation. Things appear fuzzy. However, when we allow Jesus to be our light, we can see things clearly. There is no dark place that the light of Christ cannot illuminate. There is no dark situation that the light of Christ’s love cannot brighten. There is no God-given dream darkened by setbacks that Christ’s light cannot re-ignite. There is no abandoned hope that Christ’s light cannot rescue.
More importantly, there is no sin that Christ’s light cannot banish. We are reminded of this when Jesus dealt with the women caught in adultery. In John 8:12, after redeeming her, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Like this woman, though our sins may be dark, Christ’s light, activated through our confession and repentance, puts us on a pathway to healing and wholeness.
Today, as you reflect, think of all the dark places in your life in which you need light. Allow the light of Christ’s love to shine in every corner and crevice until you shine brightly as one redeemed, healed and made whole by Jesus Christ.