In this industry – in this life, really – we can easily be overcome by darkness. People seem to be blinded, situations feel hopeless, and our efforts seem to be going nowhere.
Darkness can be felt within us and around us, and it is heavy. We feel it in our fears, the anxiety that burrows deep into our lives. We feel it in the selfish friend, the unforgiving workplace, and the global condition. Easily we can be overcome by what we see and feel, and we wonder – what can I really do? What can I, a small and finite person, do?
Our greatest Light-Giver has an answer: His love. Just as the darkness closes in on us, dawn breaks – and light looks glorious when darkness is its backdrop.
When we went to Germany to minister to women in brothels, it was easy to be reminded of the evil that infects our world. It was easy to forget the humanity in the men crossing the thresholds. It was easy to feel an urgent need. But friend, let me tell you, hope runs deep. We will never forget how apparent it was that Jesus saw those women. The comfort that comes when we know God is working where we can’t see Him is a comfort that lasts.
It is a light that lasts.
God has appointed us as His light-givers, too. That is a part of who are in Christ now. We look to Him to remind us that though the darkness feels too big for our little flames, there is no one and no power that can douse it because our light is His light.
We have to keep choosing to believe that His light always comes, in us and around us. We trust that even in times that our efforts seem to be exhausting, “at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (Gal. 6:9).
This is how what was once dark turns golden. This how our God is saving our world: one light-giver at a time.
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