Darkness Disappears with Light
We encounter a sense of appreciation for daylight. Unfortunately, it is conveniently overlooked during the day when we go out on a hiking trail, mall, backyard or at a friend’s house. Later, when the earth’s rotation naturally occurs, and the sunlight disappears and darkness prevails, we acknowledge the night and look for a light before venturing outside. It is only when darkness occurs that we recognize our need for light.
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.”
– John 11:9 ESV
The simple acknowledgment of daylight’s benefit is symbolic of your everyday life. When reading John 11, you will see life’s darkness strike Mary and Martha as they walk through their brother Lazarus’s illness and death. The sisters had sent word to Jesus that their brother was seriously ill, and Jesus received their message. Still, He did not immediately come to them and provide healing for their brother. While Mary and Martha believed and trusted Jesus to be their much-needed light, they still experienced emotional darkness.
Once Jesus arrived four days later, Martha went to meet Him and while acknowledging her faithfulness to Him, she expressed concern for His delay. However, Mary, experiencing her darkness and sadness, stayed at their house mourning Lazarus’s death but still knowing that Jesus was the answer.
Jesus hears your prayers, and He is the Light you need.
Even when you are experiencing dark emotional pain, and it seems the Lord isn’t immediately responding to your prayers, Jesus hears and cares for you. He listens and knows your faithfulness. He is the light that removes darkness and pain from your life. He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). His plan is always timely and perfect.
Your prayers are immediately heard, but the best answer may not be immediate. Remain faithful in praying to Him.
Today’s One Thing
Believe in Christ and trust that He has the perfect resolution for your requests. Give Him praise for the light He is, even when things appear dark.