Darkness can be scary for both kids and adults. Have you ever thought of living through a day of complete darkness?
Sabbath was a day of Prayer and Fasting at our church. We shortened the divine worship service so we can visit our members who were sick and shut-in (too sick to attend church). It was a powerful experience to sacrifice lunch and instead break spiritual bread with our church family.
For me, the day was a reminder that we should capitalize on every opportunity to be in the house of God. There may come a time in each of our lives when we truly want to attend church, but can't due to illness.
After lunch in the community filled with The Word of God, Praising the Lord, and Testifying about our Savior, we returned to the church. We were on a spiritual high as we continued to study and reflect on God's healing power and saving grace. In the midst of learning more about the importance fasting and prayer, the lights went out!
How could there be no light in the church?
In the natural realm, the darkness was due to a severe thunderstorm. It was fascinating that no one tried to leave the church even though we could barely see anything. The generators quickly kicked in, candles were brought out to brighten the sanctuary, and we continued to worship despite the darkness.
In the spiritual realm, darkness is due to a separation from God. The sad reality is that we know when we are in darkness naturally, but discerning spiritual darkness on our own is a challenge.
The Bible says, "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12) Jesus is the light! His brightness not only exposes the darkness in our lives, but also eradicates that darkness.
Just like how the candles lit up the sanctuary with a glow, we are always enlightened by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The Bible confirms "Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105) Are you or somebody you love in spiritual darkness? You don't have to live through days of complete darkness. Turn to Jesus and His Word!
- Contributed by BB