I believe many people nowadays would say we live in the dark ages. I’ve heard, “our future looks bleak,” “we’ve dug ourselves into a mess that we can’t get out of,” or “I have no hope anymore.” I’ve made similar comments, but they lessened when I started focusing on the light in this world instead of darkness.
Legend says that when the Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson was a child, his nanny came into his nursery one night to put him to bed. She found young Robert looking intently out of his bedroom window. Calling to him, he continued staring into the darkness, so she went to find out what was so interesting outside. As she peered over his shoulder, she saw the lamplighter walking down the street, lighting the street lamps. With the wisdom of a little child, Robert responded, “Look, Nanny. I’m watching as that man puts holes in the darkness.”
Has anyone cast a shadow of darkness on your experience through an unkind word or hurtful deed? While none of us can control what other people do, what we can control is what we do! We can be a light, and light never casts a shadow.
I must not have paid attention in science class when we talked about flames of light not casting a shadow. Find out for yourself. Get a candle, light it, and look at the wall behind it. You will see a shadow for the candle, but no shadow for the light.
Sometimes I get discouraged at the “darkness” in this world, but then my perspective shifts when I realize I may not be able to change the world, but I can put a “hole in the darkness.”
How many “holes” are you putting into the darkness of this world?
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”