Oh, I Need the Light…
“Take my hand till the morning light, we’ll make it through winter”
Have you ever tried to find something in your room while it was the darkest part of night?
I think because we live in the 21st century and have light and electricity so readily available, we often take light for granted; even though candles and torches have been around for millennia, humanity’s never been as unbound by the cycles of day and night as it is today.
I mean, just pause and think for a moment: all it takes is the flip of a switch, and you can virtually illuminate any room. Or, even if a room doesn’t have electricity, you can carry a tiny flashlight, a fraction of the size of a roman torch, and illuminate virtually any area even in the darkest of nights. Not only that but now we also have flashlights built into our smartphones! Light is so common.
Because we take light for granted so much, we can sometimes forget just how much we need it and how integral it is to our lives; without light, we wouldn’t have guidance or direction; it is light which illuminates our surroundings and shows us the way we go.
Moreover, we can also sometimes forget our need for non-visual light. I’ve been listening to Rick Astley’s two newest albums a lot lately, and one of his songs talks about feeling like the world’s stuck in winter and there’s darkness and pain with the generations, but he’s expecting the light to come and hope to rise.
As Christ said, we can be the light of the world; let’s remember that people often do feel like they’re stuck in winter, as if they’re constantly looking for something in a pitch-black room, unable to find it from the lack of light. Let’s be the light for the people in our lives, beacons of hope and light to those around us.
God bless you, have a great day!