I had an interesting experience yesterday. I was deer hunting. In Missouri that means I am sitting in a tree stand waiting for a deer to walk very near to me. Since the worst way to end a good deer hunt is to kill something, I have yet to take one of the deer that have wandered close enough to me. But as I sat in the woods, I was looking all around me for movement, or a different structure in the woods than had been there before. I had become very familiar with the woods, as I had been there for about 3 hours. I was completely surrounded by trees. As the day light faded, my ability to clearly see the things around me got less and less acute. As it got darker with dusk, I noticed a light coming through the trees from my distant home in the country that I hadn’t seen before. As it got darker the light got brighter. I looked in my binoculars, and recognized my garage window. The light inside was left on, and I could clearly see the window. But just minutes earlier when it was still bright outside, I couldn’t discern the light of that window, even with my binoculars. The coming darkness dramatized the light to the point that it was immanently discernible.
So, is the world today, as the darkness descends, the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be more and more visible, and those who have an appetite for light and truth, will be drawn to it. A candle set on a hill is noticed by few, until it is dark outside.
When we desire light, it is often necessary for a little darkness to descend upon us in our lives for us to seek toward and then notice the light and the source of the light.
Darkness, or difficulty, trial, tribulation, pain, illness, relational stress, a sick child, a broken heart, a difficult employment situation, a poor self image can each bring us to a level of darkness, that if we will, can enable us to begin to see the “candle set on a hill”.
If we will honestly seek toward the light, darkness can serve us for good. If we only want the darkness to dissipate, the woods in our life will only get more lonesome, solitary and frightening.
We get to choose…