Light in the Darkness

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light; 
a light has dawned
on those living in the land of darkness.

Isaiah 9:2 CSB

It all started at the very beginning, as most things do:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. Gen. 1:1-2 NKJV

In Alaska, we spent much of the winter in darkness. In January especially, it seemed that, in addition to intense cold, there was deep darkness. Dark when we got up. Dark when we poured our second cup of coffee. Still dark when my husband left for the office. And then again dark when he returned home. At 4:00pm we were ready to tuck the kids under piles of warm blankets and head to bed ourselves.

That’s what darkness does. It wraps us in heaviness, pressing us inward.

In the beginning there was darkness.

But…

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Gen. 1:3 NKJV

The first of God’s creation miracles instantaneously appeared, traveling at 186,000 miles per second. And the miracle wasn’t finished.

Instead, God controlled and formed and shaped it, bringing about stars and sun. 

But He knew this light would never be enough. From the beginning of creation He planned for us a different kind of light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. John 1:9 NIV

And so Jesus came down and lived among us – the Light of the World. No more fear of what hides in the darkness because the true Light is with us. No more anxiety when we cannot see the path ahead because His light illuminates the way. No reason to grasp at the dark side of control for He assures us that one day all will be set aright.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 RSV

Ponder this miracle in the dark of the morning and in the shadows of the evening: from the beginning, darkness did not, cannot, will not win. 

Live in the Light.

Today is a GOOD day!

~ Natalie

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