Light in a dark place

Light in a dark place

It was a very dark winter’s night and the rain was sloshing down. I reversed out of our drive for perhaps the 6th time that day (as a curate I worked from home a lot). But this time I didn’t see the dark car now parked across the road. Bang! A nice dent in their door. A few weeks later, believe it or not, I did the exact same thing again, to the same neighbour’s car!! Apologies, repairs, a certain crossness on their part (…..)! Later, just after I’d moved away those neighbours started coming to the Church.  Apparently the way I had dealt with the situation, compared to what they were expecting, spoke to them of something different……. Jesus said to the people, “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.”[1] Apparently Jesus also had some confidence that his light would shine out of his followers, saying to his disciples, “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”[2] Now I can assure you that I didn’t feel much of a light in those moments on those 2 dark rainy nights! (as in, oh blast or worse!….). However, God
specializes in bringing light to the darkness – just read the first 5 verses of the Bible. Why He does it that way, through us as followers of Jesus rather than by some overwhelming bright light, I’m not quite sure. But of course the great power of this light ‘is from God, not from ourselves’ [3] , and great and amazing indeed is His light when it shines in a dark place.
[1] John 8.12 [2] Matthew 5.14   [3] 2 Corinthians 4.7