John 1:4 (Speaking of Jesus at creation)
“What came into existence was Life, and the Life was the Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed in the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.”
Historical sources verify that the final three years of Jesus’ life were marked by miracles. Once Jesus was asked a question about a town’s well-known beggar–a man blind from birth.
“Why is this man blind? Is it because of his parents’ sin or the blind man’s sin?”
Jesus replied, “It was neither his parents’ nor the blind man’s sin. He was born blind so that God’s glory could be revealed.”
He then bent down, mixed mud and slopped it on the blind man’s eyes. He told the sightless man to go wash his eyes in the pool. When the muddy clumps fell away in the water, out of his darkness, he finally saw the light.
Perhaps the darkness in your life is not because of something you have ever done. You didn’t deserve it. Perhaps it is there because you were selected to truly know the power of the light.
Let’s be honest. We all love to be our own gods, controlling our destiny; trying to be all-powerful. Then we encounter a darkness that we cannot overcome, and at that point we finally look up and experience the inextinguishable love and light of God. The darkness finally forces us to see the light.
This is the month of Easter—the holiday where we celebrate Jesus’ ultimate conquering of the darkness we are all born into.
You may feel alone in your darkness, but you can be confident that there is an unseen companion walking beside you. He is the “Life-Light” and if you just keep trusting, keep walking, and don’t give up; you WIN. You win, because His light ultimately always wins.
If you wish to meditate on the power of God’s light, I recommend the following song:
I dedicate this series of devotional writings to my grandfather, Roger Crowell, who passed away on March 31. He was the ultimate lover of devotional books. He had an unbreakable habit of waking up every morning and connecting with God through the writings of others.
Pa, I am glad you are now constantly in His presence.
Love, Your granddaughter — Olivia Puccini