We’ve all experienced it. Sometimes feared it. Always recognized it. Occasionally wanted it. Most often found our way out of it. But have you ever tried to define it? Or explained it?
A quick and easy answer would be: “The absence of light.” When darkness surrounds us we need light to discover where we are and, perhaps where we might want to go.
Another question might be: Do we need darkness? Perhaps, some might say, “We need it for rest and peacefulness.” But, we also need it to see the stars.
There are times in all of our lives when we are going through what we might call the “deepest darkness imaginable.” Suddenly, a glimmer of light appears. And then it grows, and then becomes larger and larger. Finally, we are surrounded by light.
Isaiah had a unique experience with darkness. It kept him from seeing God at work in His world. But, one day his life changed and he wrote, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord.” After his vision he was able to recognize the presence and power of God and see His light. And after that experience he became a mighty prophet and counselor to kings and prophesied many signs that described the coming Messiah. From the darkness that surrounded him to God’s redeeming light.
It worked for Isaiah. It will work for us if we see His light.
Prayer: Open our eyes, Lord, that we may see Your light and find the path You have set before us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Isaiah 6:1-4 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.