John 1:4-5 (NIV)
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
On this Saturday afternoon I find myself laying on the couch resting as my director ordered. I was doing some reading and came across a story that I thought is a great reminder to each of us.
One summer's day, a man and his family were driving through a mining region. Their trip was interrupted when they noticed a large number of mules out in an open field. Stopping in curiosity, they asked about this unusual sight. The family was told the work animals had been brought up from the dark mine passages below to preserve their eyesight.
The company had found that unless the mules were regularly exposed to the sunlight, they would eventually go blind.
I imagine the same could be said for humans, not that most people are kept underground for years at a time.
No, I'm saying people need regular exposure to the love and light of God.
Without seeing the hope God can provide, we can easily get used to the darkness of this world. Our minds start to believe there is no hope, no love, no joy, and no goodness. Our souls are soon brought down by the darkness that is so much a part of the news. No, we need to see Jesus, the Light of God.
We need to see the light of His love, His sacrifice, and the joy of His salvation. And we need it regularly. If you haven't seen it lately, it's time to take a look. God doesn't want you to go blind.
This is why God will be looking forward to seeing you at worship this weekend.
Dear Lord, we thank You for the light that You have provided for each of us. Help us share that light with those around us. We pray that You would bring somebody to us today that we can invite to come to church with us so they can be exposed to the light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.