In the middle of the night early this past Friday morning, the electricity in our home went off. Though it happened at 1:30 a.m., I first discovered it at 2:45 a.m.
The coolness of our bedroom turned to warmth. The ceiling fan was still. It was pitch dark.
Being careful not to wake my roommate of 54 1/2 years, I got out of bed and grabbed my cell phone from the nightstand. I walked through the bathroom, home office, hallway, kitchen, and living area. Looking out the window at the ‘hood, I saw nothing but darkness. We had company.
For such occasions, my contact list has the number of our electricity provider. The answer to my call was automated, of course. After a non-personal dialogue with the automaton on the other end, I pressed “1” often enough to communicate that our home was in fact without power. I pressed “1” again, requesting notification of restored power. Then I went back to bed.
Forty-five minutes later, power was on again. No call came from the power company. Not necessary. After my unlit early morning tour through our home I hadn’t gone back to sleep.
Through closed eyelids I felt the fan and faintly heard the A/C unit. Voila! Back in business!
What I also noticed was unmistakable. Lights everywhere. Not the big lights. Just the little ones. Night lights in the rooms I had visited less than one hour earlier. Computer lights. Monitor lights. Printer lights. Speaker lights. Clock lights. Oven lights. Microwave lights. TV lights. Lights.
What’s the point? Simple. I don’t like darkness. Never have. Never will. I like light.
In the morning when the blinds are opened, the sun shines in. Sunlight is good light. In the darkness, any light is good light. The Bible says a lot about light:
- The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
- God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
- Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Darkness has its place and serves its purpose. Most of us sleep better in darkness than in daylight. But darkness makes it difficult if not impossible to see what’s waiting to be seen.
Light makes it possible to see people and pictures, homes and hummingbirds, art and automobiles, buildings and BBQ pits, food and furniture, rocks and rivers, sunshine and stoplights, books and babies.
The light of Christ replaces the darkness of sin in our hearts. Darkness? Light? I prefer light!