Today’s Scripture: John 8:12
12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
When we were kids my sister and I used to play a game in our basement. We would turn off the lights and try and walk from one end of the basement to the other in one minute. After one minute the lights would be flipped on and we would see how far we got. Now this was a “storm cellar” type basement so there were no windows. The darkness was really dark. I remember when the lights came on I was never were I thought I was. It was a fun game if you ignore all the bruised shins we got!
Does it feel to you like were all walking around in a dark basement right now? It hit me the other day just how different things are. And yes, in some cases how dark things are. We know the room we are walking in. We are familiar with the placement of the furniture. But we keep bumping into things. We keep waiting for the lights to come back on.
This verse in John 8 is one of the many “I Am” statements Jesus makes in the Gospel of John. It’s interesting how it assumes that we walk in darkness – like it’s a precondition to being human. And maybe it is. But Jesus is telling us here that he’s turning on the light. The darkness does not last.
Jesus is announcing that he is the light. If we want to see, if we want to have direction, If we want to avoid crashing into things – we need to trust in the light. Sometimes the light we get is just enough to take the next step. But the light is there.
Today, look for the light of Jesus as you move through your day. And follow that light. It will scatter the darkness and lead the way.
God thank you for sending the Light to our dark world. Give us the courage to trust in the Light to show us the way to you.