Light in Darkness

Lighthouse 1The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message: “Alter your course 10 degrees south.”

Promptly a return message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north.”

The captain was angered! His command had been ignored! So he sent a second message: “Alter your course 10 degrees south—I am the captain!” Soon another message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north—I am a seaman third class.”

Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke: “Alter your course 10 degrees south—I am a battleship!” Then came the reply: “Alter your course 10 degrees north—I am a lighthouse!”

There are plenty of voices shouting at us through the fog. We need the clear and solid voice of a lighthouse in our lives – someone with the right advice about where to go and how to get there.

Terry Pratchett in Reaper Man said, “Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds darkness has always gotten there first, waiting for it.”

William Shakespeare said in The Merchant of Venice, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

John the Baptist came to “go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, to give light to those who sit in darkness.” (Luke 1:76-79)

Jesus said to his disciples and to us: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14-16)

In this world of darkness, let your light shine, reflecting the source of our life and light—Jesus!