When the lights went out…


Traveling is not always easy is it? Sometimes the roads are bumpy, sometimes their crooked, sometimes they are full of potholes and sometimes they are just dark, unknown and full of unexpected things.

I was thinking about Christmas in past years and remembered one in particular. It had been a great day; we had spent the entire day involved in Christmas. We began by getting up early and preparing food for our family gathering. We traveled to my folks place and spent a great day together with our family, but were looking forward to heading home and getting some rest.

We were driving down a two lane state route road, I was driving about 55 mph, and suddenly the headlights of the car just went out. I could hardly believe it was happening, in fact at first I didn’t know just what had happened, I admit I had felt just a little bit of panic. I messed with the switch and the lights flashed back on for a second and then went out again. Cars were coming towards us flashing their lights telling us “to turn your lights on dummy, don’t you know no one can see you.” I wanted to shout back, “I know my lights are off, but there is nothing I can do about it.” I began to look for a place to pull off the road and happened to have the presence of mind to turn on my emergency flashers. We finally got off the road and called for a tow truck, made it home about 10:30 p.m. safe and sound.

If you want to be reminded of the importance of light, try being in a position like that without any. Christmas traditionally is a holiday of lights, lots of lights, and the more the better. Maybe there is a reason why…

The apostle John writes in John 1:1-5, “In the beginning God expressed himself. That personal expression, that word, was with God, and was God, and he existed with God from the beginning. All creation took place through him, and none took place without him. In him appeared life and this life was the light of mankind. The light still shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out.”(Philips Translation)

This passage is talking about the coming of Jesus Christ the Son of God. He is the light that shines into the world dark with sin and it has not, nor will it ever be put out. I know that sometimes it seems like you are driving down the road of life full tilt in utter darkness. Churches, friends and family are seemingly saying, “What’s the matter with you, don’t you know you need light?” You know they are right and you may be tempted to shout back at them, “I know you are right, but I don’t know what to do about it.”

The problem is really much like the problem with my headlights… as far as my car, the repair shop replaces a switch which had burned connections. Perhaps for you and your life you may have a connection problem also. What I am saying is that you may have the same problem as my headlights. That problem will leave you in the darkness until you make the right connection, a solid connection with the source of light, Jesus Christ.

Why not start out the New Year right, with a connection to the light that shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out. You can’t drive safely down the road of life with out the proper lights can you? John said, “In him appeared life and this life was the light of mankind. The light still shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out.” Perhaps it’s time to make that New Year’s resolution to make sure you have the light of God in your life. Reach out and touch Him through His Word every day and you will have light in your life.

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