Saturday: Second Week of Lent
What can you see when you’re in a pitch-black room with the door closed?
If all the light has been blocked out, you won’t even be able to see your own hand in front of your face, right? Darkness can be overwhelming. It can feel unsettling, and even scary.
What happens if you turn on a flashlight in that dark room? It changes everything! Even the smallest amount of light breaks through the darkness, every time. Light is powerful that way. But have you ever noticed that the opposite isn’t true? If you’re in a bright, sun-filled room, there’s no way to add darkness without first taking away the light. There is no such thing as a “flash dark!”
Jesus said, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (8:12). Having the “light of life” is connected specifically with following Jesus, because He is “the light of the world” (8:12). His mission is to redeem, restore, and break through anything that separates us from the full presence of our loving Father. All that’s needed is that we stay near Him.
That means that, even in overwhelming times, He is there—whether in the dark corner of a child’s bedroom at night, or in the lonely space of a hospital room, or in all the concerns that come with world powers gone astray. Darkness has no power to block out this Light. Never. There is nothing that can overpower Him, not even death. The resurrection is proof of that!
Are there circumstances in your life where you feel alone in the dark, where there doesn’t appear to be a way forward? Take a minute and name them and ask Jesus to be your “light” in those very places.
Karen West is Associate Lead Pastor at WMB Church in Waterloo, ON.