Until I was so unwittingly thrust into a college dorm room, I was afraid of the dark. There, I feel better now. There had to be some sort of light creeping in the room for me to feel safe. Now, I have to have a pitch black room to sleep, for the most part.
It has always fascinated me, light and dark. The contrast in photography captures. The way artists are able to paint it so fluidly. How a light can illuminate in the darkest places. It can spark, and shine, flooding a room with the ability to perceive all that surrounds you. Last week I heard a great quote in regards to light and dark: “We never say, ‘oh the darkness claimed another light bulb!'” How true that is. A light bulb burns out. While a bulb functions, it’s voltage remains at constant across the entire filament. Thus it has a consistent source to provide light. The light emitted from a filament will change intensity and location over time.
I hope the corollary between a light and Christians is not lost in translation. Darkness does not snuff out the light, the light chooses not to burn. However, when in a constant relationship with God the light emits bright. It may fluctuate with intensity given time and location, but when plugged into the Source, it will burn.
“And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.”-Genesis 1:4
You cannot get too far into His Word without seeing the fact He separated the light from the dark. Thus, He has separated His children (the lights) from the world (the darkness). He divided us for a purpose. Not to be snuffed out, not to hide our light, but rather to burn hot, to burn long, and to burn with intensity wherever we are.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”-2 Corinthians 4:6