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  • Writer's pictureShari Meeks

Light - Gratitude Day 5

Last night when I went to bed, I shut the light off at the doorway, leaving the remainder of my walk to be lit with only the glimmer of headlights peeking through a crack in the shade. I reached my hand out to find the edge of the bed and kept my eyes on the headlights because they were giving me a frame of reference for where to walk toward. Finally, I made it to my side of the bed, no stubbed toes…this time.

How many nights have I done this same walk with no light to guide me? Too many to count and all of them that I recall ended up with a stubbed toe. I tell you this story, but it has so much of a greater meaning. How many times have I walked in darkness in my life, with the only hope being that glimmer of light in the distance? That light being the light of Christ and His eternal promises. Those moments where all seemed grim; my son being born at 24 weeks at just 2lbs 12 oz., the passing of my daughter at 3 ½ years old, moments in my marriage where times were so tough, loss of dear family…the list goes on and on.

So today I am grateful for light. I am grateful that no matter how small the light, it penetrates the darkness in a way that even if you can’t see every step in front of you, the light still guides you. It is a lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119:105), where the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5). Thank God for Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12), where the people living in darkness have seen this great light (Matthew 4:16).

While God gives us light – He also calls us out of the darkness and into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). While the world fumbles around in the darkness, we are called to transmit light for others; we are the light of the world, a city on a hill that is not to be hidden (Matthew 5:14).

When has light penetrated the darkness for you? Recall these times and thank God that He has sent the light of the world to penetrate the darkness. When you embrace the gift of light that has been given to you, don’t hide it. Radiate.

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