Before we built our farmhouse where we currently reside in Brazil, we rented a farm a few pastures over and we lived in a little green, wooden house. The floor boards creaked, the ceilings sagged and the mice had chewed their way into every nook and crevice they could find. Even snakes were known to take up residence there. But those weren’t the worst things about that house, it was the wiring. It was atrocious. One day the boys had to get up in the attic to fix the water tank so I climbed up the ladder to look around and couldn’t believe my eyes. Wires ran every which way, all spliced and taped together. It is a wonder the house never burned to the ground.
Every time it would rain or the wind would blow, that little house would lose power. The groans from the children (and me) could be heard from every room when everything went dark. Sometimes the power would go out for days. It sure was an exciting moment when it came back on because the house was equipped with a loud siren type bell that would chime loudly when the power was restored. The children would cheer, “The power is on, the power is on!”
Sam, my youngest, is quite the mischievous one. Sometimes when we were without lights he would hide and make the siren sound. For a split second we would get happy, until we realized we were still sitting in the dark and it had been Sam’s imitation we heard. It is a running family joke to this day and we randomly make the sound and laugh.
Being without power is an aggravation I would really enjoy never experiencing again. Not in my house or my spirit. I can’t work in the dark with a single candle and I can’t pray when my spirit is darkened either.
Psalm 36:9 says, “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”
Those may seem like 15 simple words but what Truth is held in them!
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
As I studied verses about Life and Light, I found myself in a subject larger and deeper than my poor dumb little brain could handle. I went to my husband and told him my mind was literally blown as I read verse after verse proving that God is not only the Giver of life (Genesis 2:7), the Sustainer of Life (John 6:35), and the Eternal Life (I John 5:20; I John 5:11), but He also gives us all things pertaining to life through His power:
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” 2 Peter 1:3
Before I was saved, I was just an empty shell of a person because my spirit was dead. The moment I realized by Holy Spirit conviction that I was a sinner and placed my faith in Christ, He quickened my spirit (He gave it life). I became a new creature because I had a new life in me.
Not an “all spark”, not an “energy”, but the new life only found in Christ. And my life came from darkness to light and now I am supposed to walk in that Light.
Just like my little green house sounded the siren to make me aware that the fridge was running again and the internet was booting back up. When I got saved and quickened, I was alerted to a whole new life in the power of Jesus Christ.
- In that Life I find Joy:
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16:11
- In that Life I find Peace:
“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
- In that Life I find access to the Father:
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Ephesians 2:18
In Him we have life and light. There is nothing spooky about this that requires that I go sit on a mat at some yoga studio and meditate. It is factual based on Gods Word and I can base my lifestyle and daily walk on it. I can base my eternity on it and TRUST God to be Who He says He is.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Exodus 19-20 / II Samuel 11 / Psalm 37 / Acts 12