Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 18th, 2020
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “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 (NIV)
Light of Life
The first Canadian use of arc lighting, the earliest commercially viable electric lights, was in small trial installations in Montreal and Toronto in 1878 and 1879. One of the earliest permanent arc lighting systems was designed and installed by J.J. Wright in Toronto in 1881: several stores including Timothy Eaton’s were illuminated, but the lights were far more effective on the adjacent streets. By 1883 permanent arc lighting systems were in operation in the streets of Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg.
One of the blessings of owning a cell phone is that they come with a flashlight app. I’ve lost count how many times in my travels to remote places I’ve used that app to help me see my path as we have visited ministry sites after dark. I used to have to carry a flashlight and half the time it was out of batteries or the bulb had burned out. Now I just need to make sure my phone is charged. In a spiritual sense, Jesus is our eternal light. So often we find ourselves in the dark of temptation and sin, and we need the light that only He can offer as we make our way victoriously. His Word lights our path, His presence directs our steps. Jesus put it this way in John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” If you find yourself in a dark place spiritually at the moment, ask the Lord to walk in front of you. And by faith, follow. You will not walk in darkness.
These have been words from the heart.