Brownout!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3 , NLT)A lot of kids are afraid of the dark. Some of them could not get over such fear even when they grow up. In the Philippines, there are still numerous far flung areas without electricity. As such, the evenings are dark, the people sleep early and the darkness keep them inside their houses during the night. When the electricity fails in the cities, on the other hand, the lights go out and darkness sets in.Most of the time, we consider things in duality. Good versus evil. Darkness versus light. Such duality helps us understand the world better and helps us classify things according to how we view them. But such duality limits our understanding. We make the mistake of considering darkness with a separate existence.What is darkness?Black.Dark.Nothing could be seen.Groping.Crawling.Uncertain footing.Stumbling. Falling. Blind.This is darkness. Does it exist then on its own?Darkness does not have an existence. It simply is the absence of light. Darkness is a state when the light is out. When there is no electric power, brownout occurs. Therefore, darkness exists only because there is no light. It signifies secrecy, lack of transparency. Hence, it has come to represent evil (dark) thoughts and acts.But in the midst of darkness, God commanded that light should come, “let there be light”. In the fullness of time, Jesus himself became the light of the world and exposed the sin and corruption of our flesh and blood.In John 8:12, we read: “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.””With Jesus in your heart, you won’t have to worry about brownouts or stumbling in the dark. He guides your steps and leads you in the right path. In your spiritual journey, there will be times that you are walking on a street full of lampposts and bright lights. Like the streets of Ayala or the bridges of Manila. But there will also be times that you will walk in utter darkness with only a flickering light to guide your next step.No matter what kind of darkness will challenge your light, the promise of Jesus is clear. “If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”Could you remember a time in your life when you have been in utter darkness?Are you walking in the light of Christ?What can you do today to live in the light of Christ?“I wanna be in the light coz you are in the light.I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens.Oh Lord be my light and be my salvationCoz all I want is to be in the light.” dcTalk, In the Light.

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