Northern Lights

Tonight I went out to see if I could see the Aurora Borealis, or more commonly known as the northern lights.  I even was looking at a couple websites and Facebook pages before heading out; to see if there were a place I might be more apt to track them down. While I did find a spot where they were supposedly out and very brightly, it was three and a half hours away and I didn’t want to drive in the middle of the night. Besides, they very easily could have been gone by the time I got there anyway.

I got to my hopeful viewing destination and it was pitch black outside, with just a few clouds: a good recipe to see the lights. I walked around the beach some, and sat in the van some (it was a little chilly out). As I sat in the pitch-blackness of the van, for whatever reason I became quickly amazed at how much I could see with just my small little phone light. Even as I walked along the beach, I shined the light and could see quite a bit around me.

If you were outside during the day and tried to take the light away with darkness, it would be impossible. The only thing that would come close would be to close your eyes completely to block out the light. There are two points that stuck out to me as I pondered light and darkness though. The first was that you can’t add darkness to light. You can try and cover it up, like closing your eyes but you can’t take it away- the light is still there as soon as you open your eyes. Just because you closed them, doesn’t mean the light ever left. The second thought was essentially the same, only different. (I, like my previous sentence, am such an oxymoron). Anyway, my second thought was that even the littlest bit of light will pierce the darkness. I don’t have a very big or powerful light, yet in a pitch black setting I can shine it and see close to ten feet around me. Light overcomes darkness EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

One of my favorite verse growing up was Psalm 199:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” I’ve had some dark days in my life. I’ve lost jobs, been sitting next to my wife as she miscarried, been further in debt than I’d even like to admit, and much more. I’ve had people ask me how I remain so upbeat even when things aren’t going well. Well, because of the simple little fact that even in my darkest times, I’ve always had the light of Christ shining down to help me see clearly. By remaining in His word, I remain in His light. And where there is light, there can be no darkness. So even though darkness may surround me and be everywhere in life, all I really need is a little light to help guide my path.

This would’ve made a greater story if, as I sat here writing this and praying and reading God’s word, the northern lights finally came out for me, but sadly they’re nowhere to be seen. Actually, that could bring up another pretty cool point! I could’ve stood outside possibly all night and waited for the lights to come to me, to guide my path, to allow me to see clearly outside, and they may or may not ever come. While Jesus’ light is there, we can’t just wait for it to show up and guide us, we need to bury His word deep in our heart, so that we always have access to that light. Come to think of it, earlier in that chapter of Psalms (119:11 I think) it says Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. Darkness is sin. If we continue to walk in darkness, eventually we’ll stumble. Keep your light close, keep your heart ready. Allow His light to be a lamp unto your path.

Be blessed. Be a blessing

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