It is a joy to have two wonderful sons. I enjoy how they like to laugh and be happy over little things. It is a joy to watch them learn about new aspects of life and I appreciate watching them try to figure out how everything works. Despite all of these joys, there are times, and sometimes lots of times, where there are things I don’t enjoy but I know that I will miss them one day. One of those things that I don’t enjoy is when they wake up late at night when everyone should be asleep.
The oldest one did this recently. I woke up to a distressed toddler sound. When I looked in their room, he was not there. The oldest one had been found in the middle of the hallway just standing in the dark half asleep. When I asked him what was wrong he replied, “No sun, it is too dark.” This is his code for I know I need to be asleep but I don’t want to sleep. He was half asleep, stepped on a toy, and really just didn’t know what was going on. Part of his problem is that it was too dark for him to see and he was too asleep for him to figure out what was going on.
Sometimes we find ourselves wandering around in the darkness. When it is dark it can be easy to end up in trouble because we are not seeing clearly. Luckily, we don’t have to stay in the darkness. John 8:12 (ESV) says, Again Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” This verse reminds us of three things that we need to remember so that we can avoid the darkness and to know where to go when we get into the darkness.
1) Jesus is the light of the world. We live in a world where there is plenty of darkness but one thing that always overcomes the darkness is light. Jesus is the light of the world and provides us the light we need to see. When Jesus says this, He is standing in the Temple during the Festival of Shelters while 16 gold bowls are filled in the inner courts with oil and lighted. Jesus is standing beneath these lights (vs20) as He proclaims that He is the source of light. Jesus leads us from the darkness.
2) Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness. If we are to be followers of Jesus, it requires us to be people who don’t walk in darkness. We need to point our lives in the direction of Jesus no matter what the cost is. It might require us to make major changes to our lifestyle but we need to live in the light as we follow Jesus.
3) If we follow Jesus, we will have the light of life. When we follow Jesus we have the source of the light. It is a constant reminder of all of the things that Jesus does for us. Darkness cannot overcome the light of Jesus. Jesus’ light reminds us of the salvation that is available to us because of Him. We need to walk in the light so our lives point towards Jesus as we follow in His footsteps.
To go back to my toddler. He stood in the hallway upset until I went over to him and guided him back to his warm bed. He was comforted as he realized where he was now sleeping. When things get rough for us and we find ourselves in the darkness, we need to go back to warm arms of Jesus and to the light that He provides us. No matter how dark things look, always look for the light of Jesus. This week, go out and walk in the light of Jesus and be that light for someone else. Jesus is the light of the world for everyone to see.