Light in the Dark

I took this photo one night after our electricity went out, and my husband lit this old, oil burning lamp and placed it on the mantle. As we sat in the semi dark room, my attention was drawn to the lamp that provided just enough light to break through the darkness so that we could see around the room. Psalms 119:105 came to mind. – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light to my path.

As I looked at the lamp, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to each item on the mantle. The HOME sign in the background reminded me that this world is not my home. The life that we work so hard for each day is only temporary. As Christians, we have a much better home that is yet to come with our heavenly Father who is the light of the world. For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come (Hebrews‬ ‭13:14‬).

On the left of the photo is an old iron cross that reminds me of Jesus and the price that He paid for my salvation, as well as yours. Salvation that none of us deserves, but which is available to all. The Lord is my light and my salvation – Psalms 27:1.

Beside the cross sits an unlit candle. (I’m not sure why my husband didn’t light this candle except that God had a lesson for me to see in this photo.)  That unlit candle reminds me that there are many who don’t know Jesus, and it is important for us to share the light of His love to those around us.

On the right hangs the letter “W” which normally represents our family name; this night it symbolized the world – a world that is living in darkness and needs the light of Jesus. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Below that letter is a clock which of course represents time. It is time for us to find peace and hope in the quiet, glow of His presence. It is time to walk with Him and talk with Him. It is time to do whatever He’s been calling you to do. And it is time for us to take time to share His light with others.

Finally, on the left is a burlap sign which says, “Keep calm and pray”. When your world seems overcome by darkness, look to the only true Light in the dark, pray, and calmly let His light shine through you. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it – John 1:5.

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3 thoughts on “Light in the Dark

  1. Thank you for this devotion Tresa. I needed this as I sit here praying over my situation I need to Keep Calm and Pray. Resist the devil as he puts fear in my thoughts.
    God has a plan for my life. I need to Trust in the Lord.
    God bless you!


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