Artificial Light

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. Genesis 1:16

For the past forty-eight hours, our neighborhood has been darkened by a storm that took out electricity and caused major damages to homes and businesses in southern New Jersey.

As I sat at home, it dawn on me how much people depend on artificial light as our source of life.

Knowing that the electricity was not going to be on for hours or days, made me think deeper about the shallow reliance we have on man-made inventions and not the true Light of God.

When the electricity first flickered, it didn’t upset me because in this neck of the woods, we have brown-outs at least three or four times a year. They are brief, leaving us without electricity for no more than three hours at the most.

But this time, I believe that many of us took too much for granted. And for me, I discovered that there was more to this storm than mere uprooting of trees and inconveniencing my usual routine of cooking, doing laundry, watching television and the use of the Internet.

With the hours that did not make available artificial light to our home, I did rediscover a far better and a quality of light that illuminated through my bedroom windows and brighten the entire room the following morning.

With this beautiful sunlight, I took the time to pick up my Bible and read a few chapters in the book of Acts.

Later in the day, I was in my living room reading a book.

There again, the sunlight seeped through the thin window blinds.

Without even realizing it, I found myself standing by the window looking out pass the driveway over towards our neighbors houses.

Surprisingly, what I saw amaze me but also put a smile on my face.

I saw my neighbors, actually sitting outside and children playing tag.

Ironically, artificial light also can be similar of Christians who sit within the church absorbing the Word and yet, they for some reason are fearful or intimidated to share the True Light of the world.

Yes, a storm did cause discomfort for some but the real sun brought out adults and children, who took advantage of the Real Light.

Perhaps, this is what God planned for our good to remind us that His creative light can never be replicated.

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.” John 8:12

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