Tag: light in the darkness

God Will Light Up the Darkness for You

I love candles. I love the light, the smell, the whole ambiance of candles. A candle can light up the whole room with brightness. So can the sunlight. It will flood over the darkness and cast it out. Just like that it is gone. God is like that too.  Jesus has said that He was the light of the world. Where Jesus is, there is light and love.

 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” – John 8:12 NLT

I have to remember this when walking through the valley of trouble. God is with me.  He will light up the darkness and make a way where there is no way.  His presence alone will bring me new opportunities and new life and healing.

Rest my friend, knowing that the Lord of all the Earth will turn your darkness into light – He promised!

Here is what I am meditating on this week, when I face more tests and stuff at the Doctor for an issue that has come to light. I know that Jesus is my Healer and He is faithful to fulfill His promises. May the peace and presence of God flood over you this week and turn your darkness into light!

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The Power of Light and Reflection in our Everyday Lives

I had the window open the other day.  The sun was shining and it hit my funky salt lamp light. All of a sudden the ceiling of my living room was full of reflected light. There were dancing little circles everywhere. All the while the salt lamp just sparkled in the sun. It was beautiful. Such a small thing, but it opened my eyes to the power light and reflection.

So what does that mean in normal everyday life for us? Is there really power in light and reflection?

First I did my homework and went to the dictionary. After all, there is always more to the story.

LIGHT 

  • the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible – “the light of the sun”
  • understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment – “she saw light dawn on the woman’s face”
  • provide with light or lighting; illuminate – “the room was lighted by a number of small lamps”
  • make (something) start burning; ignite – “Allen gathered sticks and lit a fire”

So, without light – things would not be visible.  Dark is lifeliess, boring, blah. It’s hard to see anything without light.

Darkness used to cover the Earth. Until God spoke:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” – Genesis 1:1-5 NKJV

Now we know there are lights and there are LIGHTS. I’m not talking about a candle light. How about the sunlight that fills the sky and the Earth with brightness. Not everything that gives light is the TRUE LIGHT.  Just because it lights up doesn’t mean it is real.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12 NKJV

What about reflection? I love how the light shines off all kinds of stuff and then it shows us somewhere else.

REFLECTION

  • an instance of reflectingespecially the return of light or sound waves from a surface
  • the production of an image by or as if by a mirror

So with a refelction – it comes from the source. It produces an image of what the source is. Have you seen those beautiful mountain and lake pictures where the mountain is reflected in the lake? There really isn’t another mountain in the lake. The light hits the mountain and the water reflects it.

Thoughts to Ponder:

What would happen if instead of trying to create our own light in the world, we just reflected God’s light?

What if we were just His vessels to carry the His light into the world?

Kind of like a pitcher carries water. We carry light – God’s light!

What if we looked at the SON like we look at the SUN?

Wouldn’t we just REFLECT His light?

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light

“There are no shadows in darkness. Shadows are created by light, and only exist in the presence of light. Refusing to acknowledge our shadow leads us to deny the presence of light in us.”
― Franco Santoro

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“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

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“Because the heart of our God is full of loving-kindness for us, a light from heaven will shine on us. It will give light to those who live in darkness and are under the shadow of death. It will lead our feet in the way of peace.”

-Luke  1:78-79

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“Afflictions are but the shadows of God’s wings.”

-George MacDonald

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“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.”

 -Matthew 4:16

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“What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul.”
― Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates

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“But there will be no more heavy hearts for those who were suffering. In the past God allowed the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali to be put to shame. In the future He will honor Galilee where those who are not Jews live and where the road to the sea is. It is on the other side of the Jordan. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. The light will shine on those living in the land of dark shadows.”

-Isaiah 9:1-2

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“It’s part of what we call the Shadow, all the dark parts of us we can’t face. It’s the thing that, if we don’t deal with it, eventually poisons our lives.”

― Michael Gruber, The Good Son

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“Everything that is,casts a shadow”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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“A shadow is never created in darkness. It is born of light. We can be blind to it and blinded by it. Our shadow asks us to look at what we don’t want to see. If we refuse to face our shadow, it will project itself on someone else so we have no choice but to engage.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

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“He uncovers deep things out of darkness,

And brings the shadow of death to light.”

– Job 12:22

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“Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you. For see, darkness will cover the earth. Much darkness will cover the people. But the Lord will rise upon you, and His shining-greatness will be seen upon you.  Nations will come to your light. And kings will see the shining-greatness of the Lord on you.

Lift up your eyes and look around you, and see. They all gather together. They come to you. Your sons will come from far away, and your daughters will be carried in the arms.  Then you will see and shine with joy. Your heart will be glad and full of joy, because the riches of the sea will be turned to you. And the riches of the nations will come to you.”

 -Isaiah 60:1-5

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When You Love a Prodigal Son

When You Love A Prodigal Son

© 2013 D Rasmussen (another poem from a long ago, far away place)

I walk in the valley of shadows.
Hold onto a wing and a prayer.
My heart and my life is coming undone,
Because I love a Prodigal Son.
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There are mountains of empty bottles,
and big piles of broken promises.
Another lie to cover things up;
Anything for just one more drink.
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Break down the walls of my denial.
Shine light in the darkness of my soul.
Jesus, give me the faith to believe
that someday and somehow things will change.