I’m getting started late this morning. Usually our dog Gage is tugging on an arm or leg in hot pursuit of getting outdoors by 5 AM, but for some reason he let us sleep this morning. Maybe he knows we need it, or maybe he’s getting to a point in life where he needs more sleep too. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful to have had a few extra winks.
As I sit here in front of my laptop, the sun is streaming in through my otherwise darkened blinds. At this time of the year, that golden orb is a welcome sight. It pierces through the crystal atmosphere, creating diamonds across an alabaster landscape. Sometimes the light can be irritating as I try to come up with an idea for this morning’s post. It cuts through my vision and even leaves me slightly blinded by its presence.
In late January, the sun is beginning to move closer us and its power is incredible. The warmth slices through the hanging glasslike stalactites turning them into little puddles on the ground. They will soon succumb to the evening cold and refreeze for another day. The glow of the sun also gives us hope that winter will soon end – that there is a new beginning, new life and promise of warm walks in the summer heat.
For a couple more months, we face the reality that we will undoubtedly see another blizzard or two. March is generally our snowiest month. Our bones and muscles will have to wait for a while to be exposed to the warmth of summer, but that glimmer of light shining through my window this morning is enough to warm my heart. In this world, we often need artificial light to make us aware of our surroundings in the dark. In a world of darkness, we need the true Light, which never goes out, to set us on the path to heaven.
Jesus is the Light of the World. Through Him, we can identify the darkness of sin. Through Him, we have a way out. Through His death and resurrection, we’re promised an eternity where there will be no more need for light, because God is our all sufficient lumination.
Sometimes light can be a nuisance – especially when we need rest, but at the same time, our sin needs to be identified, so we realize how much we need a Savior. Our sin puts us in darkness. Our Savior provides the necessary light to lead us out of it. Bring on the Sonshine.