Given November 2018
In the past few weeks, God has been bringing the topic of light to my mind. As usual, He gives me visions, pictures or videos in my mind, that reveal to me what He is showing me and what He wants me to pass on to you. This blog post is for those who are in darkness or who sometimes wander or find themselves in a dark place.
First, the prophet Isaiah foretold about the coming Savior, “The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.” (Isaiah 9:2). Jesus himself said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,” (John 8:12), so we know where the source of our needed light comes from. If we’re in darkness, we need to find Jesus. The first vision I received was of a person walking on a path. It was getting dark and, being in an unfamiliar place, they were beginning to be afraid. But I could see Jesus there behind them although they didn’t seem to know He was there, (Jesus is ALWAYS near, (Deuteronomy 31:8). There was an aura of light surrounding Jesus which stretched out about two or three feet around Him. The person cried out, “Jesus!”, and He replied, “Hey, I’m right here, come on back.” The person hears Jesus’ voice, turns and runs back to Him and enters that aura of light and safety. “Blessed are those who know the joyful sound, who walk, O LORD, in the light of Your presence.” (Psalm 89:15). What a beautiful picture! Maybe you’re on that dark path now. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9). He’s calling.
Another image I had gotten years ago but was reminded of again this time was the verse Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;” Again, I can see a person entering into a dark valley, maybe something going on in their lives, but they’re not afraid because Jesus is with them. This verse mentions, “the SHADOW of death”. A shadow won’t hurt you and you don’t need to be afraid of it. And, what has to be present to create a shadow? A light, of course and Jesus is that light! Not to mention His rod and staff. You’ll be OK.
The last image I got was of a person in a large auditorium with a massive floor space and they were out sitting in the middle of the floor. And, it was pitch dark! They were again afraid not knowing how to get out, where to go or what to do. Can anyone identify with those feelings? Again, the person was praying, “Lord, please help!” And, in the dark, a small. still voice said, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1). The person turns toward the voice saying, “What?”, when suddenly they hear a loud click and all the lights in the auditorium come on and flood the place with God’s glory! Wow, can you see it? The person runs to Jesus who directs them to the exit.
So we see that Jesus is always with us no matter how dark it seems and He will provide us light and show us the way. But there’s another lesson here. Yes, Jesus is the light but, “Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). So, if Jesus is the light and He dwells in us, don’t we have that same light to share with others? yes we do! And aren’t we supposed to be shining examples of what a Christian is supposed to be? Yes we are! “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16). When we do that, it helps our fellow man and will give glory to God. Let’s ask God to “turn up the light” of His Spirit in us as we go about our day. Be blessed!