It’s getting darker.
No… that’s not a prophecy of doom or anything… it’s a seasonal thing. Since the summer solstice back in June the days have been getting shorter and shorter (and the dark of night longer and longer).
This time of year it is especially noticeable because we are losing light in bigger chunks than a month or two ago… last night my wife and I were shocked that it was DARK at 7:30! We were still in the middle of our evening bike ride.
Darkness and light have always been metaphors for the Christian faith walk. Jesus says (in John 8:12):
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life
But Jesus isn’t talking about Daylight Savings Time… he’s talking about our lives. There are times in which our lives grow dark. Sometimes it is the result of tragedy, sometimes we lose our way and make mistakes, sometimes we are hurt by another person. However the darkness comes, it can be cold, scary, disorienting, chaotic, depressing, and hard for us to find the way out. It is at those times we need the warmth, clarity, and uplifting effects of the light.
If the darkness is growing in your life these days, Jesus promises light. If you’ve never really ‘followed’ him… maybe now is a good time to try it out.