The Magic of Light
There is nothing more frustrating then walking into a dark room and tripping over some object that should have been put away. The words and thoughts that dare escape at least deserve a PG rating. What's worse is when the same object appears to be strategically missed placed several nights in a row.
This is the case of the invasion of the grandchildren. I love having my grandchildren with me, there is no greater joy but that blasted stool in the bathroom (grandma) is left in front of the sink every night. Since I go to bed after everyone else I tip toe through the dark so as not to disturb the angelic cherubs sleeping at the foot of my bed. Inevitably my toe finds the forgotten object and the stifled "ouch", the clack of plastic against the cabinet, and the disaster of my falling against the sink threatens to disturb their slumber and my state of mind. It would be so much easier in the light.
Light is a precious commodity, it illuminates and makes known what can't be seen. The brighter the light the more that is revealed, the more that is made known. Darkness, however is deceptive. When we become use to our surroundings we are able to navigate with less light. Its absence only appreciated when something out of the ordinary is introduced into the environment. This true with the darkness of sin.
As sinners, lost in sin's darkness, we believed it to be normal. Anger, greed, jealousy, self-promotion were "normal", and when someone exhibited an act of virtue he was seen as extraordinary. The gospel is the reclamation of the extraordinary for all men, but before it could be appropriated it needed to be brought into the light. The hidden promise of God's redemption needed to be proclaimed and the debilitating nature of sin needed to be exposed. Light reveals truth, light reveals the mystery of God, hidden in ages past and made known in Christ.
Jesus is the light of the world who has come to expose the new normal for all who will believe. Believers are a lamp on a hill reflecting the true light and exposing the darkness for what it is. There are times that darkness creeps back into our lives, when sin is allowed a foothold, and misplace objects in the dark become stumbling blocks.
But we have been made partakers of light, joint heirs of the kingdom, and participants of the plan of God. The light makes known the devastation of sin and God's plan to redeem the world and bring it into the light. The world, tumbling into endless conflict, can now find peace with its creator and hope for the future. All of this because the light has come into the world, of which we testify, of which we proclaim. I'm just saying...
Eph.3:9 "and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,"