7th November 2013

No More Stumbling in the Dark

“It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
John 11:10 (NIV) 

I’m not used to sleeping in complete darkness. I grew up in a house that had street lamps outside, so light always crept into the room around the curtains. Also, my bedroom always seems to have at least one thing giving out light, for example, a digital alarm clock. Once I stayed at a friend’s house where thick curtains kept the bedroom completely dark, with no light emitting devices within. They also kept their parrot in there in a cage in the corner. 

One night I got up wanting to go to the bathroom, and headed towards the light switch. Crash! I hit the parrot’s cage and I heard a thump as the bird hit the floor of his abode, followed by the startled flapping of wings. I bounced back in surprise—first from the force of impact, then from the realisation that the cage was on the opposite side of the room from the light switch! The darkness was so disorientating that I had gone completely the wrong way. I battled back over to the switch, put the lights on and looked across at a very disgruntled parrot. If looks could kill—well, I didn’t realise that parrots were capable of such stares! 

That’s the problem with being in the dark. You can’t tell if you’ve drifted off your intended path, and you certainly can’t avoid smashing into any obstacles that get in your way. Being in the dark is a good description of the world we live in today. Humanity often seems to crash into events that it didn’t foresee, for example global financial disasters, or wars. And that’s because, spiritually speaking, it has no guiding light. 

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Here’s Jesus’ offer to you: walk in his light. Let Jesus be your Lord and follow the path that he lights up for you today. 

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46). Let’s give over all of our plans, ambitions and agendas to Jesus and allow his light to transform our desires, so that we become “children of light” (John 12:36). Switching the light on in complete darkness can be disconcerting at first, but very quickly we see that it is the only way to avoid crashing into unsuspecting parrots! And so it is with Jesus—with his light on in our lives, we find that his way is the only real way to live. 

Father, we praise you for Jesus, the light who has been sent into our darkness. Please give us the courage to follow him wherever he leads us.

Study by Ian Woodley


ianwoodleyAbout the Author:
Ian Woodley pastors the Nottingham Grace Communion Church, that meets at 2pm Saturday, as below.  Ian also facilitates a monthly Bible Study in Lincoln, which generally meets on a Saturday at 1:30pm.  They welcome visitors to join them—for more details contact Ian Woodley as below.

Local Congregation: 
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  icgwoodley@gmail.com

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