Words from the Heart for Saturday July 30th, 2016
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)
Jesus the Light
When someone walks into a dark room, there is trepidation and uncertainty. Turn on the light and they can navigate through a room with confidence. Trusting in Jesus is like walking in a lit room – you know the way to go. Are you walking with confidence, knowing Jesus’ directions?
Canadian Geographic Magazine’s website has an interactive map that will help you find the best places in Canada to watch the Northern Lights. If you live near Canada’s southernmost point, like I do, don’t spend too much time looking for them on a cold clear Fall evening. On the other hand, you could visit Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories which is one of the top northern lights tourism destinations, and with good reason. Not only is Yellowknife – and most of the Northwest Territories – directly under the auroral oval, it is also mostly flat, providing unobstructed views of aurora borealis displays above. Yellowknife also receives very little precipitation making nearly every night a clear night, and, because of the city’s latitude, aurora displays appear directly overhead instead of just along the horizon as in the south.
There is nothing more awe-inspiring in nature than the Aurora Borealis – the northern lights. They bring light to a dark cold night sky and hope that in the darkness times there is light. There is a profound spiritual truth here. Jesus is like those northern lights in the spiritual darkness of our world. He dances across the darkness bringing a beauty like no others. The northern lights dance and flicker and we stand back with mouths open in awestruck wonder. Jesus does that in the lives of all who have trusted in Him. John 8:12 says “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.” In a world of electricity, we take light for granted. We simply flick on a switch and the light comes on. But in Jesus’ day, and in our world until 130 years ago, there were no switches. When the sun set, the light was gone. Candles and oil lamps did little to illuminate the darkness. In a spiritual sense, all the efforts of human-created religion has the same effect. There is no punching the darkness. Until Jesus came and the night sky lit up with His love and grace. Our souls dance in the night around us with His light and joy. The darkness now brings awe and not fear and our souls long for the day when the night is gone forever.
These have been words from the heart.