Darkness to Light #devotion #light

Have you ever been lost in a dark alleyway or on a dark road and you are without a lamp?

You might need your hands to reach out in front of you to give you some indication of what is in front of you.

We have driven on roads that are so dark that even with headlights we feel blind. Add to that concern that there are animals being herded home and women and children returning from market. We must take the journey very slowly when we have such visual restrictions.

In John 3, we are told of 2 types of people. There are those who live in the darkness which is likened to a state of blindness. In this type of blindness, we cannot actually see the truth. Why? Christ the bearer of truth is not seen and He is hated by those spiritually blind.

“men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.”   ~John 3:19

In these times of uncertainty (in our entire world), there are lies that are being promoted as the truth. Promises are made that cannot be fulfilled. Our enemy has no intention of making life lovely for the blind; he only wants to mislead, deceive and ultimately destroy them.

What an amazing contrast is the giver of life. Can you imagine being blind for your entire life and then seeing for the first time? Overwhelming would be a good description of all that is seen in one glimpse of colour, shape and beauty.

“But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”                                                                                          ~ John 3:20

This truth is eye opening, clear, factual, it wants to be seen.

We much prefer the journey in the Ugandan savannah during the day. We see a panoramic view of God’s creation ; a site we never tire of seeing.

As you wander the dusty roads of this earth, walk in the light.

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.”                                 

~ 1 John 1:7

Sorrow’s Lesson #loss

parchment tears

tomorrow’s harvest is empty

no baby for her arms

Burying 2 children (for different families) in one day is overwhelming for us, but it sadly is not uncommon for our Ugandan family. Just 2 weeks ago, one village buried 10 boys playing soccer when the lightening hit.

Jesus as He sojourned on this dirty planet not only saw but lived the sorrow of living.

Consider:”Love your neighbor as yourself” which He considered the second greatest commandment after “Love God.”Matthew 5:43

Loving your neighbor means holding her dead baby while she throws her grieving body on a matte. Loving your neighbor means supporting her as she hears that her husband has left for another woman and took the children. Loving your neighbor means holding a weak arm that reaches toward heaven with one last breath.

We are being faced with daily choices to be the best we can be in loving our neighbor or being the worst we can be (thus hating our neighbor.) Yes these are challenging times but the sorrows we face can make us stronger when we clasp hands with another and press forward.

Jesus was unloved by mankind. “He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him…” Isaiah 53:3