About two years ago, the main light in my kitchen blew out. My mom told me to ask my dad to come fix it, but he is very busy and I did not want to be a bother, so I worked around it. I have a light over my sink and one over my stove that provided enough illumination for me to accomplish what I needed to do in the kitchen. I am really only in there when I am baking. So, two years or so passed by and the overhead light never got fixed.
While I was on break from work, I decided that I would give my home a thorough cleaning and fix some things like all of the lights that had blown out. So, I went to the store and got lights for my garage door opener, my bathroom and my kitchen. (I know I let a lot of lights go out, but it was not an important fix to me; now the garbage disposal, that was an important fix!) After changing the light bulbs, I tested out my work. I flicked the light on in my kitchen and I realized that I really needed to mop the floor. I flicked the light on in the garage and I found my missing set of car keys. I flicked the light on in the bathroom and I thought a “Hallelujah” chorus was about to break out. I really wasn’t aware of how dark it was until I got these new light bulbs. I had a similar experience when I was fifteen and discovered that my vision had declined. I will never forget the day I got my first pair of glasses. We got home and it was dark. I looked up at the sky and asked, “Have there always been this many stars?” I didn’t know I was blind until I got glasses. I had just adjusted to certain things being blurry.
What I realized is that, sometimes, we allow our lives to become broken and dark. And, instead of fixing the real issues, we make adjustments. Rather than seeking God, we seek out people. Rather than forgiving, we just find new friends. Rather than dealing with grief, we just learn to live in depression. We allow ourselves to be blind to certain circumstances in our lives because we are afraid to truly face them. We do not seek out light because we have gotten so used to living in the dark. That is not the life that God wants for us. He wants us to live and walk in His beautiful light. Then, He wants us to spread the light of His love to everyone He sends our way for His glory.
If you are living in the dark, it is time to bring some light into your life. It may not be easy to face your shortcomings or painful situations, but take it all to the Lord and allow Him to be the bearer of your burdens and bring the light into the dark places. He will change your life! Ms. EV