Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Living in the light

picture from here

I can never remember what the time changes are called. I only remember spring forward and fall back… I like the fall one because we get an extra hour of sleep, but I like the spring one because we get more sunshine. And short term one hour of sleep isn’t worth the loss in sunshine.

This is a tough time for some of us in Michigan. We even have a name for it. Seasonal Affective Disorder. I actually take a vitamin that offsets it. Crazy but true. For those of us who work outside our home (everyone works, just some of us inside the home and some outside) we drive into work in the dark, and we drive home in the dark. It’s rough. I don’t always get the chance to leave at lunch time, so I spend my time under fluorescent bulbs. Please make no mistake about it, I am thankful for those bulbs because it means we have electricity, and I have a job.

My point? Did I have a point?

Oh yes!


I spend a lot of time in the dark. But the GOOD NEWS is that I don’t have to live in the dark. We are in this world, not of it. I have a lot of favorite verses in the bible, but one day I was reading John 1 (and seriously, you could get stuck on John 1:1 for hours) and verse 5 blew me away. I still sometimes just think about it and want to cry tears of joy!

NIV The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it

NLT The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Oh man! Does that not make you want to do a happy dance, that no matter what comes into our lives, when our hearts are broken, that someone stole our light bulb, that it seems so dark in our lives that we might even seem dead, that the light we have in Christ can never be extinguished. Darkness can never overcome us!

God is doing some big things in my life. And I had to trust Him. And it was hard. Sometimes I feel so broken, and I have to say “use this God, for Your glory”. It means that I have to let go of me, and hold onto Him. Sure, I can give that advice to anyone, but actually doing it is when the rubber hits the road. It’s when we stop talking the talk, and we start walking the walk.

Those steps feel like a time when Levi and Judah had first come home, and they were walking around the furniture, holding onto fingers, and Judah had just started walking… and I got to witness one of the coolest things, ever, Levi’s first steps! OHMYWORD! I remember cheering like a crazy Auntie!

I feel like God was cheering for me today! I took that crazy leap of faith, thinking if I fall on my face, I’ll just get back up and try again later. But I took those steps, and God started cheering! Woo hoo! I’m so excited. BIG THINGS ARE IN STORE!

Like God sized Big!

So thankful I don’t have to live in the dark any longer!  I will shine on!

I wish I could embed this video!  but seriously take a listen... it's SOOOO good, it's my favorite version of this song!

John 1:1-17
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.


Jada's Gigi said...

God is the Father of light and in Him is no shadow of turning....sometimes it does get really dark...but that doesn't mean that He isn't there....trying to shine through our hubby says "God looks different in the dark" but He is always there...sometimes we have to let our eyes adjust a bit to see Him...

Diane said...

God in the darkness.......oh my, I could never complete telling what I have learned from God in the darkness. Actually, I tend not to listen when the light is shining so brightly. However, when the darkness overtakes me, immediately I turn to The Light. What an awful shame that I am so stubborn! I love you sweet Margie; oh how I have learned from you! <3