Century – My sister recently pointed out that we’ve been getting light only a third of the day. As far north as we are, it gets late early around here and early stays late often. Sometimes we don’t realize how necessary light is until it’s gone.
Before I moved to Indiana, I had always lived in a suburb of Oklahoma City. The first winter here was tough. I don’t think that I had ever gotten up before the sun did in Oklahoma. Here, I could wake up at the same time and would have to wait two hours for sunrise. There were days that I would be up and awake and not see the sun until lunch-time because of the lack of windows in the old school.
That first year I suffered Seasonal Affected Depression. The usual treatment is spending time by a light box, maybe eat breakfast or read a book. I managed to muddle through without a light box, and over the years the winters were easier, dark as ever but not so bad. It is for this very reason why it is difficult for me to wake up early in winter.
1 John 1:5-10, ” 5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”
I am so dependant on light. I can’t see without it. I wouldn’t be warm without it. I can’t be guided without it. Perhaps young children are right to be afraid of the darkness. However, in as much as we are in the light, others are in the dark, spiritually, physically, and mentally.
Ephesians 4:17-19, “17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.”
Have you ever tried to read by a dim light? Have you ever used a nearly-dead flashlight to find your way? Sometimes, I think, people willingly ignore the difficult teachings of the Bible and so dim their own light. It’s not meant to be an easy book. There are things we can’t know. Sometimes people make a theology around it. One church I visted baptized children because the Israelites circumcised their sons. Too many churches are dimmed, presenting a gospel without using words like sin, Satan, and Hell. A dim light offers no warmth, the view of things is obscured by the nearness of the darkness. Be humbled and lit by God’s light. A light so bright Moses used a veil to hide his shinning face. The light that destroys the darkness obscuring the dim lights.
1 Peter 2:9-10, “9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”