The prophets have long spoken of God in terms of light. The Old Testament refers to the coming messiah as one who will bring light into the world. In the transfiguration story we see Jesus becoming the ultimate light of the world. The light grows from within Him until his whole form is dazzling and simply full of brightness. To me it would be like looking into the sun – except that He is right there instead of 93,000,000 miles away.
As we come to know Christ and to grow into our relationship with Him, our daily walk is generally blessed and we are often happy and content. But there are moments in each day and sometimes days when we seem to struggle with darkness and wrestle with the evils of temptation and sin. But overall, life is good because ultimately our hope rests in Jesus and His saving grace. Yet our reality is that evil and darkness do exist in our world. Life can be difficult. At times it draws close to us and at other times evil and darkness seem far away. When we are tempted, evil has drawn near. We also can find it in people we know and meet. There are all kinds of dark things that people are struggling with. For some, all seems dark for they have lost hope. Yet none are beyond hope. Nothing is outside of the love of Christ. No situation is unable to be redeemed.
It is when we find ourselves in darkness or when facing down the evils of sin, that we can call upon the light of the world to chase away the darkness. Just a quiet ‘help’ and He comes running. Just a glance toward heaven and the light begins to grow. The Lamp begins to glow, as a candle spreads light in the dark, and we can again see our way and we can find our hope and peace. In turn we can also be the light that shines into other people’s lives to dispel that darkness and give light to their path. We can each be a candle that illuminates. As we grow in Christ, our light radiates out to bring light and love to a broken and hurting world.