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The Light of the World

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.  John 8:12 NIV

the light of the worldThis particular day turned out to be one of the dreariest I had ever seen.

The sky—a solid mass of dark gray—was quickly upstaged by fierce winds and a threat of severe thunderstorms. Lightening crackled. Thunder boomed all around. Definitely a stay-inside-the-house kind of day. So, imagine my surprise when my husband announced he had been flying.

Pilots call it “flying in the soup.” They depend on their instrument training and help from the control towers to get them through the soup until they rise above it. When they do, guess what? The sky is clear, and the sun is still shining. All is well.

No matter how bad things look or how dark and dismal our surroundings appear, the sun is still shining—somewhere. A mighty force to be reckoned with, the sun cannot be hidden. It will always break through and shine at one place or another.

It’s the same with the S-O-N, the light of the world. Even when the walls of our lives are caving in on us and it appears we have fallen into a black abyss of disappointment, failure, and despair, the S-O-N still shines brightly, even though we cannot see the light. We can try to make it on our own or, like the pilots, obey the instructions of One who knows how to get us above the soup.

Someone once said that when things look the darkest and most hopeless, when circumstances seem so bad they couldn’t possibly get any worse, it means Satan has fired his best shot and has nothing left in his arsenal. It also means your answer—your victory, your miracle—is right around the corner; you just can’t see it yet.

If you’re in a dark place today physically, financially, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, there is hope and help. Jesus, the S-O-N, is shining brightly, and He’s ready to bathe you in the wondrous light of His glory, grace, and power.

Let the Light of the world shine on you today.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.