August 2, 2020
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3–4, ESV)
We were watching a movie on TV and were only fifteen minutes from the end and I had not figured out who the killer was. That’s when the lights went out. But that’s not a big deal they usually go off and then back on in a moment or two. When the moment or two stretched into many minutes we looked on Facebook with our phones and found out the problem was bigger than just a minute or two. So I grabbed my phone, turned on the flashlight function, and began to get ready for bed.
I finally lay down, turned off the flashlight, and tried to sleep. I tossed and turned and slept very lightly because when the lights don’t work, neither does my BiPAP machine. I suffer from sleep apnea which causes me to quit breathing when I sleep. The machine allows me to sleep with peace, without it sleep is almost torture. The electricity finally came on at our house at 11:36 p.m.
I have thought about how we depend on things like lights. I don’t really like the dark. No, I’m not afraid of it. I have never liked being unable to see clearly. When I walk through a dark room, I often stub my toes. That is not so bad when I have shoes on but when I’m barefoot the chance of me bumping into an unseen object seems to go up tremendously. The older I get, the more I want bright lights. The eye doctor told me that it is just an age thing, but it really bothers me and I long for the vision I had in my youth.
God uses the word light in a number of different passages. The first use is in Genesis. He called the light good, I fully agree, light is good. There he was talking about the difference between day and night. Isn’t it odd that we use that phrase to emphasize or contrast things? “It is as different as day and night.” That phrase totally describes different ends of the spectrum.
God also uses the word light to refer to His people. As his children, we are to be different from the world. Sometimes we manage to be different from the world but at other times we fail miserably, just as the electricity failed Tuesday night in Newkirk. And just as the experts were called upon to repair the broken transmission line and restore our electrical service, God can be called upon to restore us from our broken condition when we fail. Shouldn’t we be as eager to be restored to light by God as we are to have our electricity turned back on?
“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8)
Thanks for listening and keep on shining.
Growing up I rode the bus to school. I can only remember one bus driver. Our school district must have been very desperate for drivers because there was a stop sign near the school which she ran over on a regular basis. One morning while I was on the bus, she turned a corner so sharply that the back tires of the bus ran over the hood of a new Cadillac which a young lady had borrowed from her parents. It’s a rough ride when the bus goes up and over a car.
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I know, because I was sitting over the wheel that ran over the car! Near the end of her driving days, on a back-country road with a load of kids, she moved so far over to the side of the road that the bus slid into the ditch and rolled over on its side. Thankfully in all that time, I do not believe anyone was seriously harmed, only property.
My life is a lot like that bus, and I’m the driver. Some days are good. Everything goes smoothly, there are no surprises, no one gets hurt, and I get safely through the day. However, there are times, sometimes days, that are just bad. Just like the bus driver is given a route, my life has been laid out for me. The Bible teaches me what I am supposed to be doing along the way and what my destination should be. The problem is, sometimes I lose focus, make mistakes, and it feels like I ran over a Cadillac.
My bus driver drove the bus hundreds of days without incident, but I really only remember the bad days. I can’t let the bad times and the bad days in my life keep me from doing what I know I have to do. The apostle John shares a powerful message for all Christians, “But 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. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7-9). I may not be perfect, but someone has to drive the bus.
— Brad Tolbert
Monticello church of Christ