Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:12 (NKJV)
When our family gets time-off, like many families, we head into God’s Creation to see the cool things He has made. We are junkies for zoos, National Parks, and caves.
Most recently we visited a cave a few hours from our home. My goal on every cave tour is to reach the daylight at the end. After traveling down 600 steps, viewing stalactites, stalagmites, columns, cave popcorn, cave bacon, and so forth, the guide prepared us for the final event. The guide announced she would now turn out the lights so we could experience total darkness. When she flipped the switch, throwing us into complete blackness, our 6-year old Joel reached out to hug me, though he had not wanted his hand held earlier.
With only a candle lighting her face, the guide told the story of a man who broke into the cave on a Friday evening a long time ago. His flashlight died while he was underground. Since there were not tours until Monday, he had to wait two days in total darkness before anyone found him. By Monday he was so disoriented, he couldn’t tell up from down. His eyes took two weeks to adjust to daylight again. This story reminds us that we don’t belong in dark places! We are children of the Light, and that Light is Jesus!
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Today, if you find yourself in a dark place, reach out for Jesus as my son reached out for me. Or, if everything is going well for you, be a light for someone else who is going through a dark time. Take her a plate of cookies or a bouquet of flowers and the light of Jesus!
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)
There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:15 (NKJV)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson