This idea of light dawning from the darkness is a beautiful picture.
Think about it. When you are walking in complete darkness, what do you hear? feel? see? These three senses are hindered when there is no light.
WHAT DO YOU HEAR?
Picture yourself walking through a wilderness in the dead of night. Each step is taken without confidence, uncertain of where you will land. There has got to be some noises that creep you out: the whispering wind, the crunch of tree limbs and leaves, unfamiliar howls from afar. What is the driving motivation to keep moving through these sounds of uncertainty? Is it fear? Is it confusion? Do you even move at ALL? This word comes out of your mouth in a dry, desperate cry… “HELP”
“You will be ever hearing, but never understanding”
This is us before we know Christ. This is us before we accept Jesus as Lord of everything. Lord of our lives. DEAF to what is eternal. DEAF to what is actually important in this short time we have here. DEAF to the voice calling out, “Return to ME my children!”
WHAT DO YOU FEEL?
With night comes the cold. With cold comes emptiness. With emptiness comes discontentment. The air is thin with a shrilling wind that brushes against your skin. There is no comfort, no rest, no warmth.
As a wanderer, wouldn’t you like to embrace the comfort from the hope of glory. Wouldn’t you like to find rest in the shadow of the almighty? Wouldn’t you like to feel the warmth of a savior? But you cannot, and will not, if you are still in the cold dead of night, in the middle of the wilderness.
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Picture being completely without sight, lacking direction or purpose. BLIND. There are no guidelines, no road maps, no landmarks in this place of emptiness. NOTHING. All you can do is wander aimlessly, really with nowhere to go. You might as well be walking in circles. There. is. nowhere. to. go.
“They have eyes, but cannot see”
Walking in spiritual darkness can put a hindrance on understanding where to go, and where to move. If someone is without sight of the truth, there will not be any light in their life, which results in an outcome that is fleeting. Darkness, in other words is the very nature of death.
“For God who said, “let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
The dawn has come. The day has arrived. You look up to see the sun slowly rising over the soft horizon. You begin to hear the birds of the air sing a melodious tune of love. You begin to feel the warmth of light on your skin. You begin to see something vivid and glorious: a new hope, a new purpose, a new way, a new life.
“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
This light IS Christ. God sent him in human likeness, taking the nature of a servant, to serve his Father in heaven. In doing so, he took the weight OFF of our own shoulders, and put the weight of the world ON his. He bled and died on the cross on that day, performing the sacrifice that washed our sins WHITE. AS. SNOW. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Three days later, as prophesied, Jesus rose again, fulfilling his purpose here on earth. He left with us the Spirit of the Lord, which is here to lead, guide, teach, mold, and shape us into the likeness of Christ, until He returns. Jesus is coming back soon for His bride, and will carry us home.
AWAKE MY SOUL AND SING
This is only the beginning of the beginning. My goal in this blog page is to simply reflect what the Lord is doing in and through my life. I am SO excited to see what he does in this year of 2010, in this month of February, and even today. I can say that it is by the grace of God I am who I am, and I am where I am. He’s taken my broken life, and made it into something beautiful. He has done marvelous and unexplainable things in this short life of mine so far, and I am nothing but ready, open, and willing to follow his EVERY step. To take up my cross, and follow steadfast after the Lord. So here we go, blog number one: complete!