I don't like darkness. I much prefer light! Every since I was a little girl I have slept with a light on. If I wake up in the night, I want to know where I am, and be able to see. I wouldn't say I am afraid of the dark, but at times when our electricity has gone out, and I wake up, and it is pitch black, dark, I feel claustrophobic.( okay, maybe that is a fear of the dark)
I find darkness irritating! Recently, our main light in our kitchen was having issues. It was supposed to be a "smart" light. You could speak through Google and it would turn on. Well, I'm not sure how "smart" it was. We would speak and sometimes it would come on and sometimes it wouldn't. Sometimes it would just come on randomly. The problem was cooking in the dark. When we needed it most, it usually wouldn't come on. This had been going on for weeks and finally it just quit coming on at all. During this time, we got used to cooking in the dark. We had some light shining from the other rooms so we made do. It was annoying, but it was what it was. I started avoiding the kitchen. In our busyness, we really didn't have time to deal with it. It was easier to avoid.
Finally George, took time to change the light out with one that worked. The kitchen lit with new vibrancy. We could see! Yes, everything, crumbs we had missed cleaning up, dust that had collected, dishes that needed cleaned. It was all visible! It's amazing what light can reveal.
As I got up sleepily this morning, and made my way to the kitchen, I realized I was walking around with no light on. I was irritated that I couldn't see, and then it dawned on me, "Turn on the light!" You see I had been in that dark kitchen for so long that I kind of got used to it. Although it irritated me, I didn't take the time to go to the source and let the light shine. Hmmmm...
Do we sometimes just get used to walking around in this dark world? It irritates us, but we don't do anything about it. Maybe we just try to ignore it! Maybe in our own lives we know there are things that need to be dealt with but we would rather not see them, and just try to ignore them.
I don't ever want to live in darkness, again. I want Christ love to shine in my life so much that it spills out onto others. That requires me going to the source, letting God do the fixing, putting His light and love in me. I need to go to Him daily to keep this light shining bright, in this dark world. It's not a one time fix. I'm so thankful for Jesus and for the light He brought to this world and into my life. How about you? As the children's song goes, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!"