foolishly, He reigns; when we serve Him in humble loyalty, He reigns; when we serve Him self-assertively, He reigns; when we rebel and seek to withhold our service, He reigns..." William Temple said this of God, and it holds the shocking parallel truth that God is in both light and darkness.
We have had a day filled with rain. I downloaded a wallpaper on my Droid Bionic that is a forest, which shows the actual weather conditions at the moment outdoors. It can be clicked to reveal the current temperature as well. But, today I was surprised to see the rain in the trees. It seems to stay dark most of the day this time of year. But, I love light and darkness. In the past, I loved riding my bike at night. Nothing like seeing the city at night... especially Atlanta!
I once read a children's book about a mouse named Despereaux who loves music, stories, and a princess girl. Roscuro, another character who is a rat, lives in darkness but longs for the world filled with light. These characters, along with a slow-witted serving girl who wants to be a princess embark on a journey that leads them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, to each of their wish's fulfillment. The book is filled with such an interplay of light and darkness. The rat comes to believe that the true meaning of life is in light, and through his love of light, he finds his own redemption.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The world we live in is a world shrouded in darkness. Mankind lives so far from the source of light, that we live in an almost eternal night. Yet, even when I am peering into
the darkness, the truth of God's words flickers clearly like a candle, or flames across the horizon of my conscience thoughts, and then I close the Bible, and see the dark night. So, I open the pages once again, wishing the words could be absorbed by osmosis while I sleep. Then I wake outside the dark night in some eternal day, to dreams of myrtle trees, mountains of brass, and women with the wind in their wings. I hear a startling whistle and turn to see the four horses of the Revelator: white, red, black, and pale, shaking their mighty heads, charging from Zechariah's mountains of brass across John's island horizon. There somewhere beyond those myrtle trees, I know is a sea of glass. Behind those tramping hooves of the horsemen, comes the flaming sword of Jesus, and He rides
on his white horse.
John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light
As you see in John, light was equated with life, for it is only after God turned on the light in our solar system that he created life. Are you walking in the light of Christ? Do you seek the light? Or, is your soul stuck in a dark dungeon without Him. Faith goes beyond religion. Religion is the skeleton of our faith. But, true faith has relationship at its heart and soul. It is not enough to believe in the Light. You must have a relationship with the Light of the world... Jesus Christ. Otherwise, you live in a reign of darkness. It is only when you find Jesus that you become a part of the Kingdom of Light. Tonight, don't just believe. Believe in Him.