Imagine it is midnight.
Your spouse, who outweighs you by a bunch, has a “nature call.” He trips after stepping on a recently visiting grandchild’s forgotten toy, and falls on the way back to bed.
You hear a big “thud” and his calls for help amidst groans and moans.
“I’m coming!” Wide awake, you holler back as you instinctively grab your cell phone by your bed and turn it on for the light. In your mind you rightly think that the last thing you need is two of you moaning and groaning on the floor in the dark.
Sure enough, he is on the floor, in excruciating pain. You think his hip may be broken because his doctor warned both of you that he has osteoporosis.
You call 9-1-1 for an ambulance from your lighted phone. By the time they arrive, you have turned on lights all over the house, and on the front porch so they can clearly see where they need to be.
You quickly get dressed and know you will be following the ambulance to the hospital.
Let’s think about this for a minute or two.
Light was needed to safely navigate in the darkness. Actually, had your husband turned on even a small flashlight to begin with, he could have seen the obstacle and avoided a fall all together.
Ever wonder how the nights must have been before electricity, modern lighting, and even cell phones? I can only imagine they were dark and dangerous.
I have to ‘fess up something. Not only do I have a small flashlight by my lamp on my nightstand, I have a glass oil lamp that was old when I was a little girl (a very long time ago!) half-filled with oil. The wick is trimmed and the chimney is clean. On top of my refrigerator, I have a disposable lighter to light that lamp with if the electricity goes out.
Why? In the darkness, danger is lurking all around. A physical light, whether it is olive oil powered, battery powered, or plugged into an electrical outlet brings safety.
Way more than our need for physical lights to navigate through the physical darkness and danger, we need a Light to navigate through the dark, dangerous, and evil world all around us and lead us all the way to Heaven. One that cannot be unplugged, never needs charging, and that never needs new bulbs. The Word of God declares in Psalms 119:105. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” It just needs to be read and applied in the midnight darkness all around us.
Linda Culbreth, Christian author and designer. Find your Christmas Gifts at KJV.Gifts